Help us make Fields Corner shine! Join VietAID, other local community groups, businesses and neighbors on Saturday, May 3rd to clean up Fields Corner. The city will provide the tools and gloves.
Register with us by this Friday, April 11, and we’ll make sure you get a free t-shirt.
Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity to beautify our community and meet new friends!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2014
VIET-AID’S $14.5M UPPER WASHINGTON / FOUR CORNERS PROJECT SECURES FUNDING TO START CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR
Dorchester, MA-The community development corporation Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) received funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to create 35 units of family housing and approximately 3,000 square feet of commercial space in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood. Governor Deval Patrick made the funding announcement in late March that Viet-AID’s project was one of sixteen projects in Massachusetts to be funded with the goal of starting construction this year.
The development plan includes two buildings: one 3-story building at 331-337 Washington Street and one 4-story building at 322-336 Washington Street. Both buildings will have first floor commercial and community space, with rental units on the upper floors. The project site includes 9 city lots for which Viet-AID has been designated as the developer by the City of Boston and one private lot that Viet-AID purchased earlier this year. “We are excited to see underutilized land in the Fairmount Corridor converted into sustainable, affordable housing,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
“The project aligns with Viet-AID’s vision to build strong, vibrant, and diverse communities; to provide affordable quality housing; facilitate access to decent paying jobs; and strengthen neighborhood businesses. It also fits with Viet-AID’s Transit Oriented Design strategy to building affordable, energy efficient, healthy homes close to transit options” said Nam Pham, executive director of Viet-AID.
The project will produce 35 new, much-needed affordable housing units; provide commercial space that will support local and minority businesses; expand the customer base for existing businesses; and contribute to the ongoing neighborhood revitalization efforts undertaken by the City, the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, Four Corners Main Street, and the members of the Fairmount Collaborative. “We are pleased that the State is supporting this important mixed use development in the Four Corners neighborhood,” said Theresa Gallagher, Deputy Director of Housing at the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. “Viet-AID has worked really hard with the community to come up with a great development on City-owned land that will enhance the neighborhood. We are excited to see it move forward into development.”
Viet-AID’s funding application to the State was accompanied by strong support from the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, and from the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC). Besides the 9 City-owned parcels included in the project area, the City has awarded funds to the project. In addition, CEDAC provided an acquisition loan for the purchase of the private lot and predevelopment assistance in order to bring the project to a successful and timely construction start date.
Viet-AID’s team is working towards achieving a construction start date by the end of 2014 and a project completion date at the beginning of 2016.
The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) was founded in 1994 to provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Vietnamese American community of Dorchester, Boston. Viet-AID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese American community and a vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood by: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; offering high quality child care services and after school programs; and developing community youth leadership.
Are you looking for a summer job? Interested in working with peers younger than you? Are you excited for an awesome summer filled with leadership opportunities, growth and community?
Every summer, here at VietAID we run a summer academic enrichment program for first to eighth graders. We are now hiring high school youth/teens to work as either Teaching Assistants and Assistant Counselors through the Boston Youth Fund. You will find more information about the position and the hiring process through our online application: http://bit.ly/1ixn7ea. Please fill out our online application as soon as you can so we can schedule an interview with you. We will accept applications until Wednesday April 9 at 6pm. Thank you for your interest!
Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions and/share any comments. If you know of others who may be interested, please share this information with them as well.
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VSPY is a summer academic enrichment program where first to eighth grade students hone their academic skills and engage with enrichment activities. Our Teen Staff play an important role in our summer camp: Teaching Assistants work in the morning providing support during our academic blocks while Assistant Counselors work in the afternoon assisting groups during field trips, clubs and other enrichment activities. This position will be a great opportunity for you to build and practice your leadership skills, connect with your peers and make an important impact in the community.
In order to work, you
• Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston
• Must be 15 years old on/before Monday, July 7, 2014
• Cannot turn 19 years old on/before Friday, August 15, 2014
• Must be registered on the City of Boston HOPELINE
• Interested in working with youth and in the field of education