85 West Newton Project
PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTIONThe Project is the redevelopment of the site of the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts which was located at 85 West Newton Street. IBA had to demolish the structure in 2020 due to severe structural conditions. The site is 9,301 square feet with frontage on West Newton Street, and adjacent to the City of Boston’s O’Day Playground.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Vision for Affordable Housing
In 2021, Michelle Wu made history as the first woman and woman of color to be elected Mayor of Boston. Her win symbolizes a wave of change and, with it, brings hope for reform in our city. Throughout Wu’s campaign, the affordable housing crisis remained at the...
The Gratitude We Feel at IBA
During the month of November, we want to take the time to reflect on the work we do at IBA, and to express our gratitude for the generous and continued support of our donors. We are grateful for the partnerships and investments of both individual and corporate donations, grants, and supporter fundraising events that allow us to continue to elevate and strengthen our efforts to provide affordabl...
What the Supreme Court’s Decision to End Biden’s Eviction Moratorium Means for Boston
On August 26, the Supreme Court lifted the Biden administration’s nationwide moratorium on evictions with a narrow 5-4 vote. This decision has left over seven million households, many of which are behind on rent, in jeopardy of being evicted from their homes.
“Me siento segura viviendo aquí y todo es excelente”
Como propietario de viviendas asequibles, y al desarrollar nuevas viviendas que cumplan con esta función, el objetivo principal de IBA es proporcionar un entorno, seguro y saludable que proporcione una calidad de vida digna para familias y adultos mayores de recursos bajos a moderados. Desde 1968, IBA ha creado más de 1,000 unidades de vivienda y actualmente posee una cartera de vivie...
The Discriminatory Practice of Zoning Laws and Irrefutable Need for Affordable Housing
Access to affordable housing has a long, bleak history here in the United States. Along with an immense shortage of available housing units, or an estimated deficit of 3.8 million needed homes, there is a much more malicious factor that has plagued many individuals’ ability to access affordable housing for gen...
Guide to 2021 Boston Mayoral Candidates’ Homeownership Policies
As the Boston mayoral race heats up and the field continues to narrow, affordable homeownership is becoming an important campaign topic for Boston’s remaining candidates. In a recent Boston Globe article, each candidate shared personal stories of...
Three Federal Actions that will Protect Tenants’ Rights
On May 15, a federal judge ruled that the emergency ban on U.S evictions exceeds the CDC’s legal authority, causing housing uncertainty for many low-income tenants. This federal ruling, among other concerning news regarding housing policy, has sparked calls to action from advocacy gr...
Affordable Housing 101: The Top 4 Terms You Should Know
In recent years, public officials have worked to address Greater Boston’s affordable housing crisis through policies that bolster the affordable housing market and create new opportunities for low-income households. These policies have helped make safe and secure housing accessible to more Greater Boston residents, but the work is not over. The first step to creating a more equitable housing sy...
Federal Housing Policy under the Biden Administration
Long before the COVID-19 public health crisis, there was a need for more safe and secure housing that was affordable and accessible to individuals and families across the country. Now, as the Biden-Harris Administration settles into the White House amid a pandemic that has disproportionally impacted low-income communities, this need has grown both more urgent and more challenging to address, as...
A Year in Review: Affordable Housing in 2020
Last January, we created a list of top affordable housing policies to watch in 2020. Little did we know that just a few months later, these policy agendas – and everything else – would be changed by a public health crisis. As we look back on the past year, one thing is clear: the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the widespread disparities in our society, demonstrating the necessity of creating...
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Housing in Boston
Over the past few months, we’ve seen long-standing socioeconomic and racial inequities exposed at the local, regional and national levels, as the impacts of COVID-19 have disproportionately affected vulnerable individuals and families. During this moment of extreme hardship, change and reflection, it’s crucial that we examine the state of affordable housing and acknowledge the impact that the p...
Uplifting Our Community Through Resident Services & Affordable Housing
IBA has long been committed to providing affordable housing to our local South End community.
A key part of empowering our community is rooted in ensuring that our residents have continued access to support resources. By combining recreation, culture, health, educational and case management services, we’re able to address all of the needs of our residents.
With a growing team...
30 Years Of Living In Villa Victoria
Our Resident Services program works to make every resident feel at home in Villa Victoria. From case management to neighborhood events, they build community and empower our residents. We recently spoke with one of our residents to learn more about her experience with IBA.
Maria, a longtime Villa Victoria resident, has been living in our neighborhood since 1991 after moving from Guatemal...
Enriching & Empowering Lives: The Long-Lasting Impact of Resident Services
A healthy community is defined by the continual improvement of the financial, social and environmental conditions that foster quality of life, promote empowerment and establish stability. At IBA, we oversee the wellbeing of nearly 1,500 residents and seek to optimize opportunity through robust residential services that advance academic and career development, improve health, encourage artistic ...