“We shall not move from Parcel 19”
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a non-profit organization and a dynamic community-building agency that started in the South End neighborhood of Boston, to address displacement of low-income families due to urban development. IBA offers affordable housing and supportive programming to improve the knowledge, life skills and health of participants of all ages.
One of the most important goals of IBA is urban planning. For more than four decades, IBA has facilitated housing that is associated and financed by different supportive programs, while developing leaders who support and encourage themselves, their families and their neighbors.
IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción empowers and engages individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs.
How we started?
In 1968, the inhabitants of the Parcel 19 in the South End organized, and with the support of hundreds of protesters, they fought to stop the displacement they were facing. They finally won this battle, which not only allowed their people to keep their homes but also gave them the right to control and develop their community.
IBA then developed Villa Victoria (Victory Village), a 435 unit affordable housing community in the city’s South End neighborhood, and it immediately became an example in the areas of civil rights, social organization, affordable housing and arts programs. It is a daily reminder of what it can be achieved with effort, determination and social awareness; the legacy of those brave Puerto Rican activists have been recognized for over four decades and continue to be referenced.
How we help / Impacting lives
We believe that living in a healthy environment is a fundamental right, which is strengthened by cultural diversity. This is why our team, together with neighbors, sponsors, foundations, friends, and volunteers, joined efforts to make our intercultural and housing programs available for all who need them.
Our main concern is the people of our community, so we will continue working to provide more and better programs for our children, youth, adults and seniors, giving quality life for a better society.
Who we serve
Through education, basic needs services and workforce development programming we served 818 low-income people in the following age groups:
- 370 children from 3 to 8 years old;
- 104 youth from 13 to 19 years old;
- 165 adults from 25 to 64 years old;
- 179 elderly 65 years old and older