Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

Working together, building community

aka Allston Brighton CDC, ABCDC   |   Brighton, MA   |  www.allstonbrightoncdc.org

Mission

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation builds a stronger, more stable community by representing and supporting the interests, engagement and leadership of Allston Brighton's communities, institutions, individuals and families of all incomes.

Ruling year info

1981

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Andrea Shapiro

Main address

18R Shepard Street, Suite 100

Brighton, MA 02135 USA

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EIN

04-2716278

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation equips residents with the tools to increase their economic wellbeing and stabilize their neighborhood while fostering connections and community, so they can build the lives they envision for themselves.

Rapidly rising housing costs in Allston Brighton disproportionately affect the neighborhood's most vulnerable residents, creating housing instability and displacement of low- and moderate-income individuals from important community foundations like public transportation, jobs, access to health care, their families, and more. As the only nonprofit dedicated entirely to working with Allston Brighton residents in addressing the impacts of the housing crisis, Allston Brighton CDC amplifies the voices of residents to mitigate the effects of transiency, increased development, and inequity by advocating for affordable homes, neighborhood stability, and resident leadership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Homebuying Mentors®

This program provides unbiased, objective education and counseling for thousands of first-time homebuyers across Massachusetts. Students can engage and learn from trusted, experienced mentors to create personalized solutions for their first homebuying experience. We help students: Assess their readiness to buy a home Learn how to qualify for a mortgage and about loan products for first-time homebuyers Understand responsibilities of credit Meet high quality lenders, attorneys, real estate agents, home inspectors, home insurance representatives, and specialists in lead paint, asbestos, and mold removal, and energy efficiency Understand legal aspects of buying a home including The Offer and the Purchase and Sale Agreement Find financial assistance available including first-time homebuyer mortgage products, down payment and closing cost support and mortgage buy-down programs

Population(s) Served

In 2015, Allston Brighton CDC established the All Bright Homeownership program in partnership with Harvard Allston Task Force, Harvard University, Boston Community Capital, and the City of Boston with the goal to stabilize North Allston/North Brighton by increasing owner-occupancy in the neighborhood. By providing homebuyers more access to a much sought-after community, the program is designed to combat increasing investor ownership/absentee landlords. We can act quickly when homes go on the market and compete with investor cash offers unlike families and individuals who may need extra time to secure a traditional mortgage. We subsequently resell the homes to those who want to reside in the neighborhood. By placing an owner-occupancy deed restriction on the property, we ensure that each home purchased through the program remains owner-occupied in perpetuity. Eventually if they choose to sell the property, they must sell to another owner-occupant.

Population(s) Served

Allston Brighton's diverse residents are eager to work with their neighbors in efforts to improve community life but often cannot navigate how to engage. Although there are many avenues for residents to participate in civic life, meetings are dominated by white, upper-middle class homeowners and renters whose first language is English. Mobilizing and supporting the voice of leaders from a diverse cross-section of community members is at the core of Allston Brighton CDC's work. The focus of our five-session leadership curriculum is to build residents' knowledge of effective community engagement, leadership skills, and foster a better understanding of how to effectively work alongside various partners and stakeholder groups to achieve community goals.

Population(s) Served

To get a comprehensive understanding of the wide array of residents' needs, we completed an extensive assessment which involved meeting with each resident individually, surveying all residents living in our properties to gauge their level of interest in programs related to early childhood, academic support, job readiness, and health wellness. After conducting this comprehensive review, our All Bright Community Center opened in early 2017. Since then we have provided families and individuals who live in our properties with infant-toddler playgroups, yoga, coffee hours, computer time, ABCD case management, and more all at their doorstep free of charge. We are continuously developing and providing new programming for residents.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Community Housing Development Organization - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 1982

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1995

Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) 1982

CDC - State certified Community Development Corporation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of referrals to resources offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

We provide case management & referrals to residents in ABCDC owned housing to address concerns regarding rental assistance, mental health, childcare, employment opportunities, RAFT, etc.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Homebuying Mentors®

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of individuals who complete our first-time homebuyer class, either online or in person, via The Homebuying Mentors®

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

This represents the number of volunteers who took on short- and/or long-term leadership roles at ABCDC events, initiatives, campaigns, etc.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The long-term impact we envision is to create a neighborhood that as it grows retains a diverse socio-economic population, and becomes more stable with stakeholders who participate in ensuring its well-being. As we increase engagement among residents who live in our housing and in the broader community, diverse voices will be at the table when decisions about housing and transportation are made that affect the neighborhood. Our broader goals to achieve these aims are as follows:Increase resident leadership and engagement in Allston Brighton CDC owned housing.Increase supply and access to quality housing for a range of incomes.Ensure housing and transportation projects meet the needs of the diverse population of Allston Brighton.

Our current Community Investment Plan strategy is three-fold:

Goal 1: Increase resident leadership and engagement in ABCDC-owned housing.
ABCDC is committed to ensuring that all residents living in ABCDC owned housing have access to the services and resources they need for secure tenancies, to avoid homelessness, and to foster a stable environment for the entire portfolio. We also believe that meaningful resident engagement and leadership is essential to creating a positive and healthy environment in the housing and in the larger community. We will:
➢ Increase resident participation in ABCDC resident-specific events, programs, and services.
➢ Ensure stable tenancies for residents in ABCDC properties.
➢ Increase resident leadership and civic engagement.

Goal 2: Increase supply and access to quality housing for a range of incomes.
We will increase access to affordable and workforce rental housing and homeownership ensuring that Allston Brighton remains a vibrant community for residents from a range of incomes. All our housing development activities will maximize sustainable and green housing practices to the degree feasible, and be located near transit for easy access to employment centers including downtown Boston. We will:
➢ Increase the supply of rental housing affordable for families who have low and moderate incomes.
➢ Increase the supply of homeownership opportunities and access to homeownership for low and moderate income families, and for a range of incomes.
➢ Improve performance of ABCDC properties.

Goal 3: Ensure housing and transportation projects meet the needs of the diverse population of Allston Brighton.
Working with neighborhood residents and other stakeholders, we will advocate for policies to ensure that housing and transportation changes in Allston Brighton meet the diverse needs of the community. Our goal is to engage residents as leaders and ambassadors in community planning efforts to ensure that the views of residents are incorporated into decision making. We will:
➢ Promote policies that increase access to quality housing for existing residents and to ensure equitable transportation access.
➢ Increase resident engagement in community and transportation planning and advocacy to ensure the voice of residents is incorporated into decision making about the future of Allston Brighton.

Allston Brighton CDC collaborates with a range of organizations from small neighborhood groups to large private universities and hospitals. Given the prominent presence of institutions in our neighborhoods, we have found collaboration to be an effective strategy for reaching our desired outcomes and striving to make sure that the institutions are responsive to the needs of the community. Through collaborations, we are able to provide resources or draw on our partners' expertise to provide services, e.g. the Allston Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center and Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, both of whom provide financial assistance for tenants in CDC buildings. Allston Brighton CDC will finance implementation of the strategies above by strengthening current relationships and continuing to reach out to new potential funders who seem likely to be interested in the organization's strategic direction. We have demonstrated success in securing funding from a balance of public and private grants, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, donations from individuals and small businesses, special events, housing developer fees, and other program fees (earned by the homeownership program, from the properties' asset management and resident resource fees, and from financial and shared services provided to the non-profit co-located with the CDC).

Our strategic Community Investment Plan began in January 2017 and as of August 2017, already we have accomplished great things:Our community center on Commonwealth Ave has opened and we have begun programming with baby playgroups, yoga, senior coffee hours, computer labs, ABCD case management, and more. We are also growing our capacity in the center by hiring a full-time Resident Services Specialist to support our Resident Services Manager.Our resident-based Leadership Development Academy will launch in September 2017 and we are excited to grow this program through a collaboration of our Resident Services and Community Engagement teams.We have a 33-unit building under agreement that we are anticipate buying and having an application in by the end of the calendar year.We are applying to a City of Boston RFP for land owned by Harvard in hopes of building 24 affordable homeownership units.We have a joint venture agreement signed with a private developer to build mixed income housing. We are negotiating acquisitions on this project now.We have sold 5 properties through All Bright Homeownership so far this calendar year.Our volunteer financial coaching program is up and running with 3 coaches, one of which is being trained through NeighborWorks to be certified as a financial coach.We have held 7 in-person and 7 online Homebuying 101 classes so far in 2017.As for goals we are working towards for the future:We need to finalize a low income tax credit new construction project to get one under agreement for financing by 2018.We have not had the capacity to get transportation policy advocacy off the ground just yet. We are working diligently with a group of residents on the I-90 Task Force to move the project in a way that is advantageous to Allston Brighton, but we have not been able to dedicate as much staff time to this as we would like. We are in the beginning stages of evaluating the best way to proceed.Our plans and strategies to move the dial on zoning, land use, and development policy that meets the needs of the community are still in their infancy. We have robust volunteers who are strategically prioritizing how to tackle this.

Financials

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Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

Board of directors
as of 5/30/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Aida Franquiz

Boston Private Bank

Term: 2018 -

Charlie Vasiliades

Department of Housing and Community Development

Aida Franquiz

Boston Private Bank

Brighton Lew

Community Volunteer

Gosia Tomaszewska

City of Boston, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development

Anthony D'Isidoro

Independent real estate appraiser

Kate Fahey

Community Volunteer

Ben Hires

Boston Public Library

Enoh Johnson

Community Volunteer

Kevin Lopez

West End House

Regina Pagan

Tufts Associated Health Plans, Inc.

Bree Herne

NeighborWorks America

Tiffany Haverfield

Natixis Investment Managers

Farah Cole

Cambridge College

Michael Helsmoortel

Channing Real Estate

Diane Kline

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes