A photograph of a Corgi puppy named Molly

Civic Engagement

Community Planning and Organizing

The Fenway CDC has been at the forefront of community-based planning and organizing with notable success. Our grassroots planning initiative works closely with residents to expand and update Fenway’s Urban Village Plan, build the working structure, and develop community leadership capacity to implement it. We collaborate with community residents, non-profit organizations, issue-specific interest groups, local institutions, elected leaders, and others to build resident engagement and community power with the goal of securing a more inclusive and sustainable future for residents. As issues emerge from residents, we help connect different constituencies to organize campaigns that address these issues and challenges. Our activities are guided by a diverse and inclusive coalition that includes elders and families of low and moderate income, immigrants, the disabled, community partners and others.

Tenant Organizing

Fenway CDC has a long history of supporting tenants to preserve “expiring use” units through community organizing. Our efforts have contributed to the preservation of nearly 600 units of expiring use housing. We are the only neighborhood-based group in the Fenway working to preserve affordable housing for the long term and dedicated to promoting social and economic diversity. Our tenant organizing activities build leadership among the low-income residents and promote social justice.

Over the past five years, we have conducted tenant-organizing activities at Burbank Apartments Tenant Association, St. Botolph Terrace, and Our Lady’s Guild House at Charlesgate West in Boston. Our counseling and training support has helped over 140 residents preserve affordable housing, promote tenants’ rights, manage conflicts with landlords, and improve their living conditions. We work with elected-officials, other community organizations and CDCs, Greater Boston Legal Services, Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants, and Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership to provide stabilizing services to Fenway residents.

For more information on civic engagement, please contact Richard Giodano at (617) 267-4637 x19 or rgiordano@fenwaycdc.org

For more information on Urban Village Plan, please contact Grace Holley at (617) 267-4637 x16 or gholley@fenwaycdc.org