For 32 years the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (Allston Brighton CDC, ABCDC) has led initiatives that create affordable homes, foster community leadership, enhance and protect open spaces and offer steps to increased incomes and assets so residents can call Allston Brighton home for the long-term. Today, ABCDC is completing a cycle of strategic planning that addresses critical changes in our community, focuses and defines its role as a catalyst for community stability, and positions it for the sustained creation of opportunities for families and individuals of all income levels to engage as leaders and improve their lives.
Vision and Impact
We have articulated a vision of a neighborhood abuzz with positive energy where people of many incomes, races and genders work and live. Young people that move to Allston Brighton stay to raise their children, and others view their neighborhood as a place they want to stay for years. They are joined by local businesses and anchor institutions in taking collective responsibility for the quality of life.
ABCDC’s role will change as individual and collective voices respond to the myriad of economic, social, civic and environmental forces impacting Allston Brighton. Its work may include providing and protecting affordable housing, promoting environmental sustainability, supporting small businesses, developing community leaders, building family economic self-sufficiency, and fostering community cohesion.
Guiding Principles and Values
In the way we conduct business and relate to people both internally and externally, we seek to demonstrate leadership, inclusion, responsiveness, flexibility and collaboration. Our values center on inclusion of all voices and universal participation.
Strategic Directions through 2013
- Increase neighborhood stability through institutional and community partnerships
- Mobilize and support new voices for community leadership
- Improve property performance and serve as best owner
- Expand homeownership program