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The Role of Activism in Promoting Affordable Community Development

Founded by a group of Puerto Rican activists in 1968, IBA grew from efforts to fight displacement amidst gentrification in the South End. Through widespread civic engagement, we won the right to keep our neighborhood and build our homes, and have been able to uphold our vibrant culture in the …

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How the Community Preservation Committee Could Influence Affordable Housing in Boston

This fall, more than 60 percent of Boston residents voted in favor of the Community Preservation Act (CPA), a one percent property tax that will raise nearly $20 million in revenue annually. Since then, we’ve been following how future funds will be allocated. With many Greater Boston residents burdened by …

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Why Boston Needs Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

At IBA, we continue to watch the changes the Donald Trump administration and Congress will have on affordable housing. One topic we are watching closely is tax reform and its possible effect on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Created 30 years ago, the LIHTC is a federal program …

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IMAGINE BOSTON 2030: What’s been Done and What’s to Come in 2017

Since Mayor Martin J. Walsh rolled out his Imagine Boston 2030 initiative in 2015, which vows to develop 53,000 new units of housing by 2030, we have been closely following the promises he’s made and progress that has occurred. Today, affordable housing is more critical than ever, as seen by …

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Closing the Gender Gap in Boston’s Real Estate Industry

Diversity is a critical topic in today’s local real estate industry, and a recent Banker & Tradesman series examines attempts made to improve opportunities for women and minorities. It notes two recent studies highlighting both the progress among women in the industry, while also the wage gap that persists. For …

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2017: What’s on Our Affordable Housing Radar

Last year was critical for affordable housing in Boston, and 2017 may be even more important. With new leadership in Washington, D.C., new initiatives from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and the enactment of the Community Preservation Act, Boston’s affordable housing landscape will continue to evolve. Here’s what we’re keeping an …

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A Celebration for Generations

“The holidays are about bringing our community together,” said CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado during our annual Three Kings Celebration last Thursday. As many know, Latino culture encourages community celebration, and the holidays are the perfect excuse to do just that. In fact, in some Latin American countries, like Puerto Rico, the …

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Rebuilding a Home for those Who Need it Most

In our constant efforts to improve the lives of our community, we unveiled the new & improved Residencia Betances with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the property last Wednesday. The ceremony marked more than just the completion of renovations to the building, it celebrated the improvements that will help us …

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IBA CEO Speaks at Affordable Housing Panel in Boston

Recently, our CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado was a panelist at Bisnow Boston’s Affordable Housing Conference. Vanessa and fellow panelists Karen LaFrazia, St. Francis House Executive Director, Paul Donahue, RED Capital Managing Director, and moderator Jeff Sacks, Partner at Nixon Peabody, discussed the state of the affordable housing market in Boston and …

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Villa Victoria Study Featured on Mayor Walsh’s Reading List

As part of his Imagine Boston 2030 initiative, Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently released a recommended reading list designed to, according to the press release, offer “residents the opportunity to learn more about the background on some of the history and concepts that are helping to inform conversations about the …

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