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Showing off A lot of Prom-ise Group donates formal wear to students 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/26/2014 Categories: Youth Services
http://www.myfoxboston.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10096152by Tenley Woodman, Boston Herald, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Photo by: Faith Ninivaggi -- Jocelyn Harris, 17, models one of the gowns.

There’s a Cinderella story playing out in Roxbury today, as prom-bound teens pick up free tuxes and gowns at the Madison Park High School gym, courtesy of some big-hearted community godmothers.

“Prom is expensive. People spend $300 to $400 on dresses, and the average family just can’t afford that,” said Angela Child, co-founder of United Sisters of Color. “We try to focus on the areas with the highest areas of poverty.”

For the third year, the community group teams with Action for Boston Community Development and City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley to distribute donated gowns and suits to high school juniors and seniors from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, East Boston and Roslindale.

“What they do is incredible,” Pressley said. “When you are there, it’s very crystallizing and clear that you are making memories, and you are making memories that will last a lifetime.”

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Neighborhoods need radio voice 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/26/2014 Categories: ABCD

By John J. Drew, Boston Globe Letters - April 26, 2014

“THE VOICE of the Black Community has been shut down!”

Those words, spoken by state Representative Gloria Fox of Roxbury after hearing that community radio station TOUCH 106.1 had been raided by federal officials last week, reflect the sentiment I have heard often over the last few days. The closing of TOUCH 106.1 is a great loss for all those who relied on it to provide important information in otherwise neglected neighborhoods.

This station’s balance of music, news, and talk reflected the perspective of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan residents, offering a place where local information could be shared and larger issues debated. Touch 106.1 provided a sounding board for communities frustrated by a lack of coverage and consideration of their perspective by mainstream media outlets.

It’s true Touch 106.1 was not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. That failing prompted the raid (“Unlicensed Grove Hall station shuttered,” Metro, April 18).

All need not be lost, however. Our community leaders, business owners, and politicians have the know how to raise the required fees and overcome the regulatory hurdles to get a low-powered, licensed station back on the air.

Community radio benefits all of Boston by creating an informed population and encouraging solutions to neighborhood problems. Let’s show our solidarity with the people of these neighborhoods by giving them back their voice.

John J. Drew, Boston

The writer is president of Action for Boston Community Development.

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Grant could bring new heating/cooling to housing project 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/24/2014 Categories: LiHEAP Low income & poor families

By Kendall Hatch, Metro West Daily News Staff 
Posted Apr. 24, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

MARLBOROUGH – The Community Development Authority on Thursday morning gave its tentative approval to a grant program that would pay for new energy efficient heating and cooling systems for some residents at a Bolton Street elderly housing complex.

The CDA voted unanimously to accept the grant during its meeting Thursday morning, although the acceptance hinged on Public Works Commissioner John Ghiloni signing off on the program.

The grant, from Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD for short, would pay for the installation of 30 air-source heat pumps at the Bolton Street complex, or enough pumps to outfit half of the units there.

Bruce Ledgerwood of ABCD told the board that the units use technology that takes heat from the air, compresses it and pumps it into an apartment for heat during the winter. In the summer, the process works in reverse, taking heat out of the air inside and pumping it outside.

The project, which is being supported by the state Department of Housing and Community Development, could reap about $9,000 in energy savings each year, according to a report by Marlborough Housing Director Douglas Bushman.

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A new home for LDB Peace Institute 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/24/2014 Categories: ABCD

By India Smith, Special to the Dorchester Reporter, Apr. 24, 2014

With renovations almost complete, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute has set June 1 for its move into its new quarters at 15 Christopher St. in Fields Corner, two blocks from its present home and half a block from Town Field, home base for the organization’s annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.

“We’re on schedule,” said LDB founder and director Tina Chery, noting that it was by accident that she learned last October that the institute would have to move. “Someone at Fields Corner Main Streets just mentioned in passing that the building we are in now was being sold,” Chery said.

“We knew we were welcome to stay, but we would have had to share the floor with another tenant,” she said. This raised security and privacy issues for the families the institute serves, so Chery promptly began looking for another location.

Her first concern was to find space in the same neighborhood from which the institute could provide immediate services to survivors following a homicide. Another priority was finding space to continue LDB’s innovative therapies for children and adults. This meant private offices where families could consult with clinicians and social workers and open areas for music and expressive movement, including an area where children could create miniature worlds in sand. The institute would also need space for volunteers, interns, and the administrative team.

“Our present space evolved as our services evolved,” Chery said. “I didn’t know if we could find another location that could accommodate so many different kinds of activities.” However, a few weeks, later the realtor Alan Issokson suggested that Chery take a look at a vacant house nearby. His company, Levenbaum-Issokson Realty, Inc., had purchased the house at 15 Christopher St. ten years earlier from Action for Boston Community Development. ABCD had been using it as an educational center, according to Issokson.

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Roxbury church’s salvation Center sale could bring bankruptcy resolution 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/24/2014 Categories: ABCD

by Donna Goodison, Boston Herald, April 24, 2014

Photo by: Stuart Cahill
INCOMPLETE: The Charles Street AME Church wants to put its never-completed Roxbury Renaissance Center, above, up for auction to help pay off its debt to OneUnited Bank.
 
 
Roxbury’s Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church is proposing to sell its community center under a plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection after two years.

The historic church petitioned the court Tuesday to auction its never-completed Roxbury Renaissance Center, a parking lot and adjoining storefronts to help pay some of its debt to lender OneUnited Bank. A $2 million offer from nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development would be used as the baseline bid.

Charles Street AME filed for bankruptcy in 2012 with about $5.2 million in debt, the bulk owed to Boston-based OneUnited, which had started foreclosure proceedings against it.

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Roxbury church's salvation 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/24/2014 Categories: ABCD

FindLaw » Legal Professional News April 24, 2014

Roxbury's Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church is proposing to sell its community center under a plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection after two years.

The historic church petitioned the court Tuesday to auction its never-completed Roxbury Renaissance Center, a parking lot and adjoining storefronts to help pay some of its debt to lender OneUnited Bank. A $2 million offer from nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development would be used as the baseline bid.

Charles Street AME filed for bankruptcy in 2012 with about $5.2 million in debt, the bulk owed to Boston-based OneUnited, which had started foreclosure proceedings against it.

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Roxbury church's salvation 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/24/2014 Categories: ABCD

McClatchy-Tribune  04/24/2014

Roxbury's Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church is proposing to sell its community center under a plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection after two years.

The historic church petitioned the court Tuesday to auction its never-completed Roxbury Renaissance Center, a parking lot and adjoining storefronts to help pay some of its debt to lender OneUnited Bank. A $2 million offer from nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development would be used as the baseline bid.

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Historic Roxbury church agrees to sell community center 

Deal will help church get out of bankruptcy
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/23/2014 Categories: ABCD

By Deirdre Fernandes  | GLOBE STAFF   APRIL 23, 2014

Charles Street AME had been reluctant to give up the Roxbury Renaissance Center project, which is built with a $3.3 million construction loan.

ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Charles Street AME had been reluctant to give up the Roxbury Renaissance Center project, which is built with a $3.3 million construction loan.

harles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic and influential Roxbury congregation, has agreed to sell the community center, once at the heart of its plans to grow and rejuvenate the neighborhood, in order to pay its creditors and emerge from bankruptcy.

In court papers filed Tuesday, the church said it would sell the partially built community center, a parking lot, and nearby storefronts, and would relinquish another property in Milton. The church owes nearly $5 million to OneUnited Bank of Boston and other creditors.

 

Charles Street already has an offer from Action for Boston Community Development Inc., a local nonprofit, to buy the community center for $2 million. ABCD wants to use the property for additional space for its teen and adult education programs.

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SummerWorks 2014 Kick off Rally 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/17/2014 Categories: SummerWorks

BY  Fenway News ⋅ APRIL 16, 2014

ABCD SummerWorks Making that First Summer Job Possible for low-income Boston Youth

Kick-off Rally opportunity for young people to sign up, learn more about work and educational opportunities

 WHAT:  ABCD’s kick off rally for SummerWorks 2014.  Hundreds of young people seeking summer jobs will fill out applications, enjoy a “back yard barbecue” and learn about work opportunities and summer programs around Boston.   ABCD staff and local leaders will discuss what is needed to provide jobs and fund summer jobs program in Boston.


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Housing task force tackles affordable housing crisis 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/14/2014 Categories: Affordable Housing

Written by Olivia Deng, the Daily Free Press Apr, 2014

To address the housing issues facing Boston’s neighborhoods, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced the creation of a 23-member housing task force, assigned with the mission of devising a four-year housing plan to be launched by June...

...Joining the group as an expert in non-profit development, John Drew, president and CEO of the Action for Boston Community Development, said he agreed to serve on the task force because he saw it as an opportunity to address problems he is concerned with, including family homelessness and housing for the elderly.

“The affordability gap is widening between those who can afford and those who cannot and we have more and more people in the city not being able to afford housing and very little subsidized housing,” he said. “We can tell as the city booms, as rents are sky high and housing prices are driven up, it has been displacing people who work hard but don’t have a lot of money.”

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