First-Ever Capital Campaign


Community builder and affordable housing provider seeks to raise funds for the construction of La CASA, a $26 million South End arts and community center

BOSTON (June 8, 2023) Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) launched the public phase of its capital campaign for the Center for Arts, Self-determination, and Activism (La CASA) on June 6, during an event at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, MA. IBA will break ground in fall 2023 for La CASA, which will be home to its bilingual youth development, financial empowerment, resident services, and arts programs, as well as its administrative offices. This is IBA’s first capital campaign in its 55-year history.

The project’s anticipated cost of $26M is being met through a combination of public and private funds. The project is supported by a $1 million earmark from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Other early supporters include Campaign Co-Chairs Aixa Beauchamp and Thomas Meléndez, Maloney Properties, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Elias Torres, and Former
Governor Deval Patrick. In addition, every IBA board member and campaign committee member has made a campaign pledge. IBA has raised over $5M during the quiet phase of the campaign, which began about a year ago.

We are thrilled to formally launch the capital campaign for La CASA and take this important step closer to making Boston’s new home for Latinx community empowerment and arts a reality,” said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, CEO of IBA. “We are profoundly grateful to our early investors who have believed in this project from the start. We would also like to thank our campaign committee, especially our Campaign Co-Chairs, Aixa Beauchamp and Thomas Meléndez, for their deep commitment and exemplary leadership

Beyond the physical space of the new building, La CASA represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for IBA to enhance and invigorate the arts scene and to create bold new initiatives to address the root causes of inequities and create opportunities for social and economic mobility for families. La CASA will be a place where Greater Boston’s Latinx community can thrive.

"We are truly honored to lead this important effort to invest in our community, now and for the future”, said Campaign Co-Chairs Aixa Beauchamp and Thomas Meléndez. “We are inspired by IBA’s vision for a game-changing community center that will showcase the arts, bring diverse people together, and inspire the next generation to be activists and leaders. We are grateful to those in the public and private sectors who share IBA’s vision and have already pledged their support. We invite others to join us in making a meaningful difference in the South End, in Boston’s Latinx and Caribbean communities, and well beyond.

At the campaign kickoff event, Tori Valle, a Latinx artist and former resident of Villa Victoria, spoke about the significance of IBA in her life and career, and how La CASA will provide a much-needed place for residents to learn, grow, perform, and, most of all, to gather. Other speakers included Vanessa Calderón-Rosado and the Campaign Co-Chairs, who announced a major gift to the campaign. Approximately 60 guests gathered to celebrate this milestone for La CASA, including Bob Rivers, Eastern Bank; Bob Giannino, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; Joseph Betancourt, M.D., Commonwealth Fund; David Howse, ArtsEmerson; Maureen Bleday, Yawkey Foundation; Francisco Torres, Barr Foundation; Yvonne Garcia, State Street, entrepreneur Elias Torres, and State Representative John Moran.

La CASA, a four-story, 25,897 SF project, will enable IBA to expand its usable space by 65%. Designed by STUDIO ENÉE architects and Annum , La CASA will include an open, two-story performance space that will also host community meetings and events, multiple classrooms, community spaces, offices, conference rooms, a staff gym, lactation room, bicycle storage and roof terrace. Construction is expected to be completed on the LEED Silver+, ADA compliant project in late 2024. The current IBA program headquarters at 2 San Juan Street and 405 Shawmut Avenue will be converted to 45-55 new affordable housing units following La CASA's completion, adding to IBA’s 667 existing units.

About Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)

IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción – is a leading community development corporation and dynamic community builder that empowers and engages individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs. For more than five decades, IBA has built an affordable, safe, healthy and supportive environment for diverse residents, while developing leaders. IBA has evolved into a driving force in the South End and across the city as a leading non-profit owner and developer of affordable housing.

IBA Board of Directors

  • Maria Vasallo, President
  • Javier Flores, Vice President
  • Pedro Miranda, Clerk
  • Jennifer Fauth, Treasurer
  • Sharon Bonet
  • Hector Colon
  • Hector Cruz
  • Jose Fernandez
  • Robert Goldstein
  • Laurie Gould
  • Patrick Greene
  • Vadim Kuksin
  • Divya Mani
  • Wendy Meléndez
  • Reinelda Rivera
  • Miguel Vazquez
  • Cindy Williams

CASA Campaign Committee

CASA Honorary Committee

  • Senator Nick Collins
  • David Howse
  • Hon. Joseph Kennedy, III
  • Gov. Deval Patrick
  • Secretary Jon Santiago
  • Helene Solomon
  • Micho Spring
  • Mayor Michelle Wu