In 1996 Mass Inc., a non-partisan think tank, launched the award winning civic journal Commonwealth Magazine. Commonwealth Magazine Editor, Bruce Mohl, discusses 20 years of reporting on MA issues including policy, the economy and the environment.
When urban development in Boston's South End displaced many people and families, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accian (IBA) developed a 435 unit affordable housing community and it became and still is an example in the areas of civil rights, social organization, affordable housing and arts.
Interview recorded on April 13, 2017. Hosted by Eric Clemons.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accian is a non-profit organization and a dynamic community development corporation 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 proving safe and sustainable affordable housing. For more than four decades, IBA has developed housing that is associated and financed by different supportive programs, while developing leaders who support and encourage themselves, their families and their neighbors.
Who we serve
Through education, basic needs services and financial empowerment programming we serve 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
The United Way of Tri-County, although once perceived as the middle man, now operates a hybrid model of serving people in the community with child literacy, mental health, food security and employment programs. President and CEO, Paul Mina explains.
Puerto Rican Americans are the 2nd largest ethnic group in the U.S. after Mexican Americans. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is inclusive to all ethnicities and offers programs including ESL, the arts and history to the all of the Hispanic population.
Interview recorded on September 12, 2017. Hosted by Nathan O'Leary.
Westfield State UniversityPresident, Ramon Torrecilha, joins Newsmakers to discuss accessibility and affordability of public higher education and the impact Westfield State in particular has on the Massachusetts economy and its students.
Interview recorded on September 12, 2017 at the Majestic Theater.