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2010

  • Boston Tenant Coalition, Boston
    A coalition of organizations working together to organize and serve Boston’s tens of thousands of low-income families to ensure good, safe housing for all residents.
  • Boston Workers Alliance, Boston
    A member-led organization of underemployed and unemployed workers fighting for employment rights.
  • Bread and Roses Housing, Lawrence
    An organization working to create and preserve affordable housing for low income families, to support their goals of self-sufficiency, education and empowerment, and to advocate for very low income households in the greater Lawrence area.
  • Brockton Interfaith Community, Brockton
    A faith-based power organization working to improve the lives of the people of Brockton by building the leadership of its citizens. BIC trains and develops leaders to realize their own power and how to use it affectively. www.mcan-oltc.org/affiliates.html#BIC Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, New Bedford – A Latin American-run worker organization challenging unfair labor practices, taking collective action to address their problems and uniting with others in the struggle for economic and social justice.
  • Coalition Against Poverty, New Bedford
    Working to empower those excluded from the economic benefits of the current system, especially current and former welfare recipients, residents of public housing, single parent families and racial minorities.
  • Essex County Community Organization, Lynn
    An organization of faith community leaders and members developing leadership to build power and collaboration among families and communities on the North Shore.
  • Ex-Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement, Worcester
    An organization of ex-prisoners working with allies, families and friends to create resources and opportunities for those who have paid their debt to society.
  • Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants, Jamaica Plain
    An organization working to organize low-income tenants as grassroots leaders to work to preserve and improve at risk HUD buildings as permanently affordable housing with a maximum of resident participation, ownership and control.
  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Boston
    A grassroots senior-run organization committed to empowering seniors and others to act collectively to promote the rights and well being of all people, particularly, vulnerable seniors.
  • Merrimack Valley Project, Lawrence
    An organization working to identify, train and develop local clergy, lay and labor leadership through member organizations to build power and make social justice change in the Merrimack Valley region.
  • Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope (MICAH), Framingham
    A congregation based, multi-issue, interfaith community improvement organization involving and representing the concerns of the immigrant, low-income, working and middle class residents of the Metro West region.
  • One Lowell, Lowell
    A community-based organization working to improve the lives and opportunities for the culturally diverse people of Lowell.
  • Student Immigrant Movement, Boston
    A statewide immigrant youth-led organization identifying, recruiting and developing leaders who are invested in improving their communities through relational building, leadership development and electoral organizing.
  • Union of Minority Neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain
    A movement building organization working to ensure that trained, committed grassroots leaders of color effectively organize on issues of concern in their communities.
  • United Interfaith Action, Fall River
    A congregation-based community organization empowering faith communities and their allies to address community concerns of Southeastern Massachusetts.
  • The Worker Center for Economic Justice, Lynn
    A worker center aiming to build the power of low-wage immigrant workers on the North Shore to organize safe, decent and just working conditions.
  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, New Bedford
    A Latin American-run worker organization challenging unfair labor practices, taking collective action to address their problems and uniting with others in the struggle for economic and social justice.

2009

Focus Area: Affordable Housing

  • Bread and Roses Housing, Lawrence
    The mission of Bread and Roses Housing (BRH) is to create and preserve affordable housing for low income families, to support their goals of self-sufficiency, education and empowerment, and to advocate for very low income households in the greater Lawrence area. BRH received a grant to support their Affordable Housing Program, in which they outreach to the community to increase the capacity of their constituents to become leaders of change in their neighborhoods, the city, and ultimately, to become role models for other cities impacted by high poverty rates. www.brhousing.org
  • Dudley Neighbors Inc., Roxbury
    Dudley Neighbors, Incorporated (DNI) was created by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) to play a critical role in the housing development portion of DSNI’s comprehensive master plan that was drafted by residents to guide the revitalization of the neighborhood. DNI was awarded a grant to maximize the stabilizing effects of the community land trust model by putting tools into the hands of land trust residents, providing financial planning and developing the leadership of DNI residents in the larger community. They also propose to advocate and organize for greater use of the land trust model in order to protect more affordable housing. www.dsni.org/dni
  • Merrimack Valley Project, Lawrence
    The Merrimack Valley Project’s (MVP) mission is to promote the welfare of the Merrimack Valley region through the joint efforts of the organizations’ committed to the dignity and freedom of all. MVP received a grant to support their “Protecting Family Housing and Assets Project.” The goal of the project is to organize a powerful base of leaders to respond to the affects of the current economic crisis and demand justice for hundreds of Lawrence and Lowell families who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure and eviction. www.merrimackvalleyproject.org
  • WATCH, Waltham
    WATCH’s mission is to build, preserve, and promote affordable housing and to enhance economic opportunities, civic participation and leadership skills of low and moderate income families in the Waltham area. WATCH received a grant to support their “Mobilizing for Affordable Housing Priorities” project. The goal is to develop and lead low-income leaders in creating and using a community endorsed housing plan to overcome political barriers and increase affordable housing in Waltham. www.watchcdc.org

Focus Area: CORI Reform

  • Boston Workers Alliance, Boston
    BWA is a member-led organization of under and unemployed workers fighting for employment rights. BWA received a grant for general operating support to continue their work to build access to employment for those who have barriers due to a criminal record. They will accomplish this through member organizing, direct services support, campaigns and coalition building and economic development. www.bostonworkersalliance.org
  • Ex-Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement, Worcester
    EPOCA is an organization of ex-prisoners working with allies, families and friends to create resources and opportunities for those how have paid their debt to society. EPOCA received a grant for general support to continue to build community power, particularly among youth, low-income people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the oppression of the criminal justice, correctional and re-entry systems. The grant will also support their work to lead initiatives to end the overuse of criminal records as a bar to employment, housing and education. www.exprisoners.org
  • Union of Minority Neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain
    UMN’s mission is to ensure that trained, committed grassroots leaders of color effectively organize on issues of concern in their communities. UMN received a grant to help support MARC – Massachusetts Alliance to Reform CORI, a statewide campaign to reform the criminal justice system and reduce the adverse consequence – unemployment. www.unionofminorityneighborhoods.org

Focus Area: Poverty Related Organizing

  • Alternatives for Community and Environment, Boston
    Alternatives for Community and Environment’s (ACE) mission is to build the power of communities of color and lower income persons to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. ACE received a grant to organize the T Riders Union to organize and build a base of riders from the Boston area’s most transit-dependent communities. They will continue to address the root inequalities in the system and first fight for first class service and fair share of public transportation investments. www.ace-ej.org
  • Brockton Interfaith Community, Brockton
    Brockton Interfaith Community’s (BIC) mission is to improve the lives of the people of Brockton by building the leadership of its citizens. BIC trains and develops leaders to realize their own power and how to use it affectively. BIC was awarded a grant for general operating support to continue to pay the salary for a second organizer who will spend the next year working on foreclosure prevention as well as the resale of foreclosed homes, and increase in single occupancy rooms, CORI reform, youth violence prevention and increase in diversified teaching staff at the Brockton schools. www.mcan-oltc.org/affiliates.html#BIC
  • Coalition Against Poverty, New Bedford
    The Coalition Against Poverty (CAP) works to empower those excluded from the economic benefits of the current system, especially current and former welfare recipients, residents of public housing, single parent families, and racial minorities. CAP received a grant for general operating support to strengthen their grassroots organizing program. Funds would be used to organize effective campaigns, recruit volunteers, develop leadership and strengthen grassroots funding capacity. Issues under consideration for the coming year are: raising revenues to stop budget cuts to essential services, protecting funding for programs facing severe cuts, CORI reform, sick day legislation, increasing access to living wage jobs weathering homes and buildings, and reforming school disciplinary actions. www.caporganize.org/index2.html
  • Essex County Community Association, Lynn
    The Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) is a non-profit, interfaith, broad based community organization on Boston’s North Shore that include churches, synagogues, a family housing project, school parents’ groups, and labor unions. ECCO’s mission is to develop leadership to build power and collaboration among families and communities on the North Shore. ECCO was awarded a grant to assist the organization in hiring additional staff to help organize congregations in Salem and to help current ECCO member congregations become more involved in the Green Jobs, youth violence prevention, school improvement and job training and readiness programs. www.ecoaction.org

Focus Area: Immigrant Rights/Access to Employement

  • Metro West Worker Center, Framingham
    The Metro West Worker Center (MWWC) is a community organization dedicated to the principle of workers’ rights for all men and women, and working to secure the welfare of the community of immigrant workers through the development of worker leadership. MWWC received a general operating grant to support their programs for the next year. They will be working to expand outreach into the immigrant community, continuing to formalize their organizational structure, developing the immigrant leadership within their organization and developing and utilizing additional strategize to achieve compliance with labor laws in industries employing low wage immigrant workers.
  • One Lowell, Lowell
    ONE is a community based organization that works to improve the life and opportunities for the culturally diverse people of Lowell. They are dedicated to increasing the integration and self-sufficiency of Lowell’s many newcomers by strengthening civic participation, developing strong leadership and increasing access to vital services. One Lowell received an award for the, “Leadership, Empowerment and Training program for Diverse Leaders.” This program will utilize the “Popular Education” organizing model to educate, inform, and empower the immigrant community in Lowell. Combined with a participatory leadership development model they will work to increase minority representation and influence in Lowell. www.onelowell.net
  • Student Immigrant Movement, Boston
    The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) is a statewide immigrant youth-led organization based in Massachusetts. They identify, recruit and develop leaders in local cities and towns who are invested in improving their communities through relational building, leadership development, electoral organizing and using both strategic and motivational campaigns that build movement. SIM was awarded a grant for general operating support to broaden their membership and to take an active role in statewide and national campaigns critical to the future of the immigrant community. www.simforus.com
  • United Interfaith Action, Fall River
    United Interfaith Action (UIA) is a congregation-based community organization that over the last 13 years has empowered faith communities and their allies to address some of the serious community concerns of SE Massachusetts with a specific focus on the cities of Fall River and New Bedford. UIA was awarded a grant to support their “Immigrant Training and Organizing Project.” The goal of project is to train and empower leaders from immigrant community to move effectively address issues of primary concern to all residents of the region, such as unemployment and job training, public safety, and public education. www.unitedinterfaithaction.org

2008

Focus Area: Worker and Immigrant Rights

  • Boston Workers Alliance (BWA) – $20,000
    BWA is a member-led organization of under and unemployed workers fighting for employment rights. They received BUF funding to help them improve job access and address CORI (criminal record) as an obstacle. Their goal is to maintain there current programs and deepen involvement of their base membership in ongoing activities: member organizing, direct services, campaigns and coalition building, and economic development. www.bostonworkersalliance.org
  • Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) – $20,000
    CPA is a grassroots organization that works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in Greater Boston and beyond. They received funding to develop grassroots leadership through the Workers Center Committee, that will investigate and develop organizing strategies that unite the unemployed and increase job opportunities for Chinese immigrant workers, and to build solidarity and organizing capacity with other immigrant communities. www.cpaboston.org<
  • Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA) – $20,000
    EPOCA is an organization of ex-prisoners working with allies, families and friends to create resources and opportunities for those how have paid their debt to society. EPOCA received funding to develop a leadership program among those who are directly affected by the Criminal Justice System, with the goal to use this leadership to lead a movement toward changing current policies to ones that rehabilitate and increase former offenders’ potential to succeed in society. Specifically they plan to address CORI reform, expand the “New Leaf” Program in Worcester, and pass a Fair Hiring Ordinance in Worcester. www.exprisoners.org
  • Union of Minority Neighborhoods (UMN) – $20,000
    UMN’s mission is to ensure that trained, committed grassroots leaders of color effectively organize on issues of concern in their communities. They were awarded funds to help support MARC – Massachusetts Alliance to Reform CORI, a statewide campaign to reform the criminal justice system and reduce the adverse consequence – unemployment. www.unionofminorityneighborhoods.org

Priority Grant

Housing and Homelessness

  • Bread and Roses Housing – $20,000
    The Mission of B and R Housing is to create and preserve affordable housing for low income families, to support their goals of self-sufficiency, education and empowerment, and to advocate for very low income households in the greater Lawrence area. B and R housing received funding to support their Affordable Housing Program, in which they outreach to the community to increase the capacity of their constituents to become leaders of change in their neighborhoods, the city, and ultimately, to become role models for other cities impacted by high poverty rates. www.brhousing.org
  • Homes for Families (HFF) – $20,000
    HFF is an advocacy group that builds relationships between the homeless and formerly homeless families, service providers, and others who share the goal of ending homelessness. They promote family empowerment, self advocacy and bridge diverse constituencies to bring about policy change. HFF was awarded a grant for general support of their programs; grassroots organizing, leadership development, and advocacy. As well as facilitating partnerships and networks across the state to assure that constituents are engaged and empowered to create systems change. www.homesforfamilies.org
  • Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH) – $20,000
    WATCH’s mission is to build, preserve, and promote affordable housing and to enhance economic opportunities, civic participation and leadership skills of low and moderate income families in the Waltham area. WATCH received funds for two of their programs: TORCH – Tenants Organized to Reform Community Housing and WAHC Waltham Affordable Housing Committee. Both of these programs are focused on increasing the amount of quality and well maintained affordable housing in Waltham. www.watchcdc.org

Special Grants

  • Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) – $20,000
    ACE’s mission is to build the power of communities of color and lower income persons to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. ACE received a special grant from BUF to organize the T Riders Union to organize and build a base of riders from the Boston area’s most transit-dependent communities. They plan to address the root inequalities in the system and first fight for first class service and fair share of public transportation investments. www.ace-ej.org
  • Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) – $20,000
    BIC’s mission is to improve the lives of the people of Brockton by building the leadership of its citizens. BIC trains and develops leaders to realize their own power and how to use it affectively. Relationships built through this process build community and lead to institutional and systemic changes in the city. BIC received a special grant to hire a second community organizer to work on several of their initiatives; foreclosure prevention, the resale of foreclosed homes, increasing Single Occupancy rooms in the city, CORI reform, ESOL and job training funding and classes, and youth violence prevention. www.mcan-oltc.org/affiliates.html#BIC
  • ONE Lowell – $20,000
    ONE is a community based organization that works to improve the life and opportunities for the culturally diverse people of Lowell. They are dedicated to increasing the integration and self-sufficiency of Lowell’s many newcomers by strengthening civic participation, developing strong leadership and increasing access to vital services. ONE Lowell was awarded a special grant for the One Lowell Voting Project, a program to educate, inform and empower the immigrant community in Lowell. www.onelowell.net