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YDP Alum: Building Bonds Through Mentorship

YDP Alum: Building Bonds Through Mentorship

IBA’s Youth Development and Afterschool & Summer Learning Programs foster independence, creativity, and academic growth among children and teenagers. This month, we will highlight IBA youth on our social media and website to celebrate their achievements. We interviewed a previous YDP participant to provide some insight on what we do. Tell us a little about yourself....

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Fighting Displacement: What We’re Watching

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, ...

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College and Financial Empowerment Celebrates Success

College and Financial Empowerment Celebrates Success

Last week, the College and Financial Empowerment Program had the absolute pleasure of recognizing, celebrating, and honoring our program participants in all component areas: Academic, Financial Empowerment, and Technology. We were pleased to welcome a full house of family and friends, whose support made the event feel truly special. Program Direc...

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The Importance of Preserving Retail Diversity

The Importance of Preserving Retail Diversity

When gentrification enters a community, it doesn’t just impact low-income individuals and families. Rather, the small retail businesses, or mom-and-pop storefronts, that contribute to the vibrancy of a local economy are often pushed to the peripheries. For instance, according to a recent WBUR s...

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“We Shall Not Be Moved”: IBA’s 50-Year Dedication to Equitable Community Development

“We Shall Not Be Moved”: IBA’s 50-Year Dedication to Equitable Community Development

In 1968, the words “no nos mudaremos/we shall not be moved” rang throughout the South End, as a group of Puerto Rican activists – the future founders of IBA – fought against an urban renewal initiative threatening to displace residents from the Boston Redevelopment Authority designated Parcel 19. Having fought to preserve the influence and accessibility of the South End’s Puerto Rican and Latino c...

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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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Elsa Mosquera: Creating Artistic Spaces for Latinx Talent

Elsa Mosquera: Creating Artistic Spaces for Latinx Talent

Our Arts Program is an integral part of our community and our organization. With Villa Victoria Center for the Arts being the largest Latino Arts Center in all of New England, Arts Director Elsa Mosquera is responsible for sourcing Latinx talent from all over the world. Dedicated to diversifying the city of Boston and providing spaces for artists of all backgrounds, she is a true trailblazer in he...

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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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Maloney Properties: Sustaining the IBA Community

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...

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Angel Vázquez: Revealing the Real Puerto Rico

Angel Vázquez: Revealing the Real Puerto Rico

IBA: You’re the star of “Hecho en Puelto Rico.” Tell us a little bit more about the premise of this play. Angel Vàzquez: This is a monologue about a student in Puerto Rico who wants to leave the island as soon as possible. He receives a phone call from his dad and he thinks he’s going to get money to go to the states, but when he opens the suitcase his father sent him, it’s just full of s...

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Stabilizing the Housing Market: Recent Initiatives Focused on Increasing Availability and Reducing Displacement

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 ...

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Celebrating LGBTQIA Latinx Artists

Celebrating LGBTQIA Latinx Artists

We were thrilled at the turnout of this month’s Marca X Gallery opening featuring LGBTQIA Latinx artists from the Boston area. The Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance’s (BLAA) 14th exhibition was a collaboration with the Harvard Ed Portal Crossings Gallery (HEP), and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). An array of different mediums were on display—including photography, p...

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Building 50: Resident Services

Building 50: Resident Services

The most important part of any neighborhood is building a community; and, our hard working resident services program, along with our residents, are the key to building this everyday. Using a culturally rooted approach, our bilingual staff helps residents lead more fulfilling lives through their programming. While our residents contribute through volunteering and starting initiatives of their ow...

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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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