Annual Cookout & Community Health Fair Brings Resources to Plaza Betances
Rainy skies couldn’t stop our community from coming together for the Annual Cookout & Community Health Fair, organized by our incredible Resident Services team! Plaza Betances was filled with residents enjoying the food and games while taking advantage of the health resources available.
As kids played in the bounce house and got their faces painted, adults were able ...
A Look Back at Our Foundation: The Conditions that Gave Rise to IBA
“It was a long struggle to make the residents believe that, if we united ourselves, nobody could take our rights for better housing and better living standards”
The South End of today looks strikingly different than it did 50 years ago. High-end retail and polished townhouses line the sid...
Mid-Year Update: The Status of Affordable Housing in Greater Boston and What’s Next
During his second inaugural address, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recommitted himself to tackling Greater Boston’s housing shortage, vowing to “increase [Boston’s] targets for low-income homes, moderate-income homes, senior housing and overall units.” Now that we are over halfway through the year, we’ve pro...
Fighting Displacement: What We’re Watching
The ability to afford housing is a daily struggle for thousands of American families and individuals. According to Bloomberg, approximately 900,000 renters received eviction notices in 2016 alone and more than 20 million households currently dedicate more than 30 percent of their income towards housing costs.
Numerous factors, from federal budgeting to local development grants, ...
The Transitional Shelter Assistance Program: Waning Aid for Puerto Rican Evacuees
Although nearly six months have passed since Hurricane Maria made landfall, Puerto Rico still requires extensive aid. The storm, which caused approximately $37 billion in housing damages, has left more than ...
Maloney Properties: Sustaining the IBA Community
The IBA community is strong, but it has not thrived for the last 50 years all by itself. As a continuation of our focus on affordable housing, we interviewed María Laboy, the Senior Property Manager from Maloney Properties, to learn more about all the work they do for Villa Victoria residents.
IBA: When did your relationship with IBA and Villa Victoria begin?
ML: Maloney Propert...
Stabilizing the Housing Market: Recent Initiatives Focused on Increasing Availability and Reducing Displacement
The burden of rising living costs and a competitive housing market are pervasively shaping the constitution of our communities. According to a recent survey that polled 115 mayors across 39 states, 51 percent of respondents indicated that a lack of affordable housing is the top reason why residents move out of ...
Looking Ahead: What’s to Come for Affordable Housing in 2018
The beginning of each new year offers an opportunity to reevaluate what’s needed and important in our communities. Throughout Greater Boston, preserving affordability has remained a crucial issue, as living costs and property values continue to skyrocket and burden low-income residents. As we embark on 2018, here are some of the affordable housing issues and initiatives that we will be tracking cl...
More Housing for Massachusetts: The Housing Choice Initiative
To address ever-increasing housing costs across the Commonwealth and skyrocketing Boston rents, the Baker-Polito administration recently announced its outline of the Housing Choice Initiative. The comprehensive plan is designed to empower cities and towns to create more housing through more ...
The Potential Impact of Tax Reform on Affordable Housing
In recent weeks, the pendulum swing of the proposed GOP tax reform bill has bolstered uncertainty about the future state of our economy and how money will flow between municipalities, corporations, public and private institutions, and individuals across income levels. This monumental proposal comes at a pivotal time, as we embark on our 50th Anniversary year, and continue to reflect upo...
Let’s Build It: The Launch of Our Year-Long 50th Anniversary Celebration
In 1968, the city’s urban renewal plans for the South End threatened to displace the neighborhood’s hard-working Puerto Rican community and, with it, drastically diminish economic and cultural diversity. Advocating on behalf of their neighbors and families, a group of Puerto Rican activists founded IBA to preserve affordability and the right to thrive in the community they built from the ground up...
The City of Boston’s Innovative Approach to Affordable Housing
Access to affordable housing remains one of the foremost challenges for Greater Boston residents. According to a recent poll conducted by WBUR, 76 percent of participants indicated that they were “very dissatisfied or somewhat dissatisfied” with the high cost of housing stemming from Boston’s low vacancy rates, high-d...
Disproportionate Devastation: The Impact of Natural Disasters on Low-income Communities
Within a period of two weeks, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma swept through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Texas and the Southeast, causing mass displacement, billions of dollars in damages, environmental contamination, the unfortunate loss of many lives and concern throughout our community, as many residents worried about the safety of their loved ones. Acco...
New Program Gives Low-Income Families Access to Cultural Institutions
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) introduced a program that will provide low-income residents with free or reduced admission to more than 100 venues in the state. Card to Culture provides the discounts to anyone with an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card, which currently includes 758,000 reside...
Empowering Residents Through New Programing
In an effort to impart long-lasting financial security & success in our community, we recently introduced the improved College and Financial Empowerment Program (CaFe). Tiana Bonner, CaFe Director, is leading the change in the hopes that this new program will provide low-income families wit...