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Looking Through a Historical Lens: One Scholar's Perspective on IBA

Looking Through a Historical Lens: One Scholar's Perspective on IBA

As part of April's focus on IBA's history, we will hold a historical forum next week featuring prominent individuals who have contributed to the foundation of IBA. We interviewed Mario Small, who will be on of our esteemed guests. With a Ph.D. from Harvard University, he has published books and numerous articles on urban poverty, personal networks, and th...

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Empowering Latinas Through Service to the Community

Empowering Latinas Through Service to the Community

The month of March is deemed National Women’s History Month: a time to remember and appreciate the ways that women have contributed to the history of this country. In recognition of the celebration, we interviewed IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado about her experience as a female leader in the field of government. Why do you think it’s important to have women represented in government? Vane...

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The Transitional Shelter Assistance Program: Waning Aid for Puerto Rican Evacuees

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 ...

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Looking Ahead: What’s to Come for Affordable Housing in 2018

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...

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Massachusetts Special Elections: What You Need To Know

Massachusetts Special Elections: What You Need To Know

Your vote matters. Voting in the upcoming special election is not only important because you decide the next mayor, but you also have the power to create and modify laws in our state and city. At IBA, it is our mission to improve our communities through high-quality programs and this starts with the individual. Your vote gives a voice to our community and by exercising your right to vote you are p...

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Following Puerto Rico’s Recovery: An Update on Recent Progress

Following Puerto Rico’s Recovery: An Update on Recent Progress

It’s been over a month since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, leaving crippling devastation in its path. Yet, despite the time that has passed, one in four Puerto Ricans still don’t have access to clean water, while three-quarters of the islan...

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Uniting Under the Massachusetts Fund for Puerto Rico

Uniting Under the Massachusetts Fund for Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane María, many of our community members have been struggling to contact loved ones as the entire island of Puerto Rico remains without power. Much of Boston has responded with an outpour of concern, reaching out with offers and ideas to organize relief efforts. We decided to host an open forum, giving individuals, both in physical and ...

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Disproportionate Devastation: The Impact of Natural Disasters on Low-income Communities

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...

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One Hood vs. BPD: Playing For Community

One Hood vs. BPD: Playing For Community

On a warm afternoon this past Friday, the Blackstone Community Center came to life as the One Hood All-Stars trickled onto their home court. Hip-Hop music underscored the excitement as players greeted each other with high fives and began to warm up. It’s hard to believe there was a time when these kids didn’t get along. Members of the Boston Police Department (BPD) showed up shortly after, out of ...

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Diversity, A Key to Success for Our Children

Diversity, A Key to Success for Our Children

Integrating diversity in our classrooms means more than enrolling students from a variety of multicultural backgrounds; it means, including lessons about their heritages, languages, and customs. When teachers create an environment that not only acknowledges diversity but celebrates what makes all of these cultures unique, then students can grow socially and academically with a bet...

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Housing Boston 2030: Where We Stand & What’s Next

Housing Boston 2030: Where We Stand & What’s Next

As we discussed in a recent blog post, local and national policy stands to significantly shape the future of affordable housing in Greater Boston. The ability – or inability – to successfully lower living costs and preserve accessibility for all residents will largely determine the socioeconomic and cultural fabric of our city as it c...

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One Hood: Forming Connections On & Off the Court

One Hood: Forming Connections On & Off the Court

On July 12th, we tipped-off our eleventh year of the One Hood Basketball League, providing a safe space for local teenagers to “just play ball and not worry,” as Angel Lopez, our One Hood Commissioner said. At first look, it may not seem that Boston’s neighborhood streets can be a “battleground” for some, but as former South End District Officer Jorge Dias explained, “It’s hard to be a good kid no...

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2017: Mid-year Update on Affordable Housing

2017: Mid-year Update on Affordable Housing

As we discussed in January, 2017 is and has so far proven to be a critical year for affordable housing. The decisions made by President Trump and his administration will have a significant impact on the housing market with important resources at risk, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. On the municipal level, M...

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“The Silent Crisis II”: The Importance of Equal Representation in Leadership

“The Silent Crisis II”: The Importance of Equal Representation in Leadership

Over the past few decades, Boston’s residential demographics have transformed drastically. According to Mayor Martin Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 report, more than half of today’s Boston residents are people of color – up from one-third in 1980. As Boston continues t...

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A Wealth of Community Opportunities

A Wealth of Community Opportunities

We’re constantly working to “empower and engage individuals and their families to improve their lives," and this past month we held two resource fairs in order to introduce opportunities that residents of all ages would enjoy. Last week, we held our first annual Academic and Career Fair in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), whose representatives offered educational and career a...

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