Activity Highlights

Below is a list of DSNI activities.  Click on a section to go directly to it or scroll down:

  • DSNI Sustainable & Economic Development Committee -- meets the fourth (4th) Thursday of every month, 6:00pm at DSNI to review local development projects to ensure that they meet the community's vision
  • No Child Goes Homeless Campaign -- is a partnership with Project Hope to create a strong network of neighborhood partners, institutions, schools, and city agencies to provide crisis intervention, resources, and organizing support to ensure that no child in the Dudley Village Campus goes homeless
  • Dudley Workforce Collaborative -- meets to ensure that resident, minority, female and minority/women owned business enterprise work hours are maximized on neighborhood construction projects
  • Neighborhood Safety and Beautification -- working with residents and neighborhood associations regarding safety and quality of life issues. This work includes support of neighborhood watch groups and neighborhood clean ups such as Boston Shines. 
  • Fairmount Cultural Corridor (FCC) -- meets the 4th Tuesday of every month to plan for arts and cultural programming in the neighborhood.
  • Dudley Real Food Hub -- is a partnership between DSNI, The Food Project and Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) to promote access to locally-grown, healthy food and to educate residents about healthy food options in the neighborhood.
  • Dudley Neighbors Inc.-- is a subsidiary organization that promotes affordable housing and community control of development and land in the Dudley Neighborhood. It also promotes the community land trust model throughout Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more information about Dudley Neighbors Inc. please Click Here
  • Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network -- is a collaboration between organizations and neighborhood groups who are exploring, developing, or currently using the community land trust model to increase community control of land, preserve, and steward community assets like housing and open space.

Sustainable and Economic Development Committee

SDC is responsible for reviewing housing, open space, economic development and environmental projects proposed for the area. The Committee meets the fourth (4th) Thursday of every month, 6:00pm at DSNI

Current efforts include:

  • St. Kevins housing development
  • Dudley Crossing housing development
  • Quincy Heights (Choice Neighborhoods)
  • Fairmount Corridor planning initiative
  • Pearl Small Business Center and
  • Ongoing disposition of city owned land in the Dudley Triangle and Core area.

This committee walks out the Development Processes based on a resident-developed comprehensive plan created in 1987 (called the DAC plan), the Dudley Triangle Build-Out was divided into four phases for planning purposes and set the criteria for all development in the Triangle.

Criteria included:

  • off-street parking
  • focus on family size units (3 bedroom)
  • yards
  • no construction higher than the existing houses nearby
  • architecture consistent with existing housing

For more information please contact Harry Smith at hsmith@dsni.org.

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No Child Goes Homeless Campaign

No Child Goes Homeless Campaign is a partnership with Project Hope to create a strong network of neighborhood partners, institutions, schools, and city agencies to provide crisis intervention, resources, and organizing support to ensure that no child in the Dudley Village Campus goes homeless. 

Elements of the No Child Goes Homeless Initiative

  • Gather data and complete housing resource and needs assessment for all families in the Dudley Village Campus
  • Reduce level of evictions in Dudley neighborhood by scaling up successful eviction prevention efforts
  • Partner with Schools to make them active partners in foreclosure and eviction prevention efforts
  • Implement Anti-Foreclosure organizing and use of community land trust to purchase foreclosed properties
  • Increase protection of current housing stock affordability and advocate for new affordable housing.

School Partnerships to Assist Homeless Students and their Families

DSNI and Project Hope are partnering with four schools on the Dudley Village Campus to identify and support homeless students

  • Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School
  • Dearborn Middle School
  • Burke High School
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School

Scale up Eviction Prevention Efforts in the Dudley Village Campus

  • Data shows that for very little money evictions can be prevented;
  • According to 2006 Boston Housing Court data, of those who were evicted the  average arrearage was about $1400;
  • Project Hope is partnering with local management companies to preserve tenancies and prevent evictions

Foreclosure Prevention Efforts include: 

  • Boston Community Capital “Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods” program
  • City Life/Vida Urbana Bank Organizing:  Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense Campaign
  • Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF) Pilot Project
  • City of Boston Foreclosure Intervention Teams
  • Dudley Neighbors Inc. Acquisition of Foreclosed Properties

For more information please contact Harry Smith at HSmith@dsni.org.

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Dudley Workforce Collaborative

The Dudley Workforce Collaborative is a collaboration of residents, neighborhood organizations and advocacy groups who are committed to maximizing resident, minority, female and minority/women owned business work hours on construction projects. Grounded in the understanding that these groups are often extremely underused on Boston based construction projects and should be given their fair share of the work, this collaborative supports owners and developers who set high workforce requirements on their projects. The collaborative has successfully: 

Helped set the industry standard for all union construction projects by securing 45% Boston resident, 44% minority and 8% female construction hours on Kroc Community Center project

Secured 30% of the total value of the Kroc Center construction contract for minority owned businesses totaling $8,204,438

Secured 25% of the total value of the Kroc Center construction contract for women owned businesses totaling $6,788.138

• Successfully advocated for the Choice Neighborhoods construction contract to include workforce requirements of 51% Boston residents, 51% minorities and 15% female

*all three projects are on pace to meet or come very close to meeting workforce requirements with roughly 8 months of construction to go

 • Secured 44% of the total value of the Choice Neighborhoods construction contract for minority business enterprises totaling $16,438,519

 • Secured 10% of the total total value of the Choice Neighborhoods construction contract for women owned business enterprises totaling $3,656,263

 • 82 local workers have worked on the Choice Neighborhoods project

 • 88 local workers have received OSHA, asbestos, solar and/or lead paint training through the Choice Construction project team.

Resources: For The People, By The People: A case study on maximizing resident, minority and female participation on construction projects as learned through the construction of the Kroc Center, Boston.

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Neighborhood Safety and Beautification

DSNI works with neighbors and merchants to address safety and quality of life issues that have an impact on the economic and social well-being of the neighborhood.  In December, 2012 DSNI convened a community meeting with key stakeholders, including residents, merchants, youth, police and elected officials in response to a series of shootings in the Dudley neighborhood.  At that meeting DSNI committed to support existing and newly-formed neighborhood watch groups.   Active participants represent families on and off the Community Land Trust, local business owners, neighborhood school staff, local officers from Boston Police Department’s B-2 and DSNI staff.  All parties agree that the safety and aesthetics of the community must accurately reflect the vibrancy and spirit that we know to exist.  They gather once a month to report illegal activities (e.g. prostitution, drug use, public drinking, littering, etc.) affecting the neighborhood and formulate action steps on how to break these practices.  The neighborhood watch groups have also been active participants in the 2013 citywide Boston Shines campaign –cleaning 8 streets and 3 parks with over 40 volunteers.  Recently the residents of Dacia and Brookford Streets won 1st prize for “Best Curb Appeal” in Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation’s 2013 Annual Clean Street Contest.

DSNI organizers have also worked with neighbors of liquor stores where loitering and public drinking have been issues to obtain agreements with store owners to prohibit sales of nips, discourage loitering, and install lighting and cameras.

When the State Crime Lab Scandal hit, resulting in the review of thousands of drug cases, DSNI convened meetings with residents, service providers, community organizations and city and state public safety officials to inform the community about the crisis and to advocate for funding for community-based reentry programs.  As a result of the advocacy of DSNI and partners, the state approved $5 million in community reentry programs to assist local organizations to provide support and services to returning ex-offenders.

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict - alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” -Dorothy Thompson-

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Fairmount Cultural Corridor

DSNI is a lead partner in The Fairmount Cultural Corridor, a collaboration of community organizations, arts and cultural institutions that builds upon the cultural assets and ethnic traditions of neighborhood residents to encourage cultural economic activity and increased arts programming and opportunities in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood.  DSNI, Design Studio for Social Intervention, and Upham’s Corner Main Street are working with local youth, residents, artists and business owners to design interactive public art installations on vacant or underutilized storefronts and lots, pilot a cultural market in Upham’s Corner, and to increase culturally relevant programming at The Strand Theater and other locations.  The Artplace Initiative is also working to identify and support local artists and artisans and to link them with ArtMorpheus for assistance in creating business plans and strengthening their businesses.  This initiative is supported by The Boston Foundation with funding and technical assistance. Additional partners in the initiative include Jose Mateo Ballet Theater, Berklee School of Music, UMass Boston Trotter Institute, Dorchester Bay EDC, and the City of Boston Department of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

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Dudley Real Food Hub

DSNI is a partner with The Food Project and Alternative for Community and Environment in the Dudley Real Food Hub initiative to increase access to healthy, locally-grown food for families in the Dudley neighborhood. 

This summer youth leaders from DSNI, The Food Project, and ACE-REEP will work with local families, schools and child care centers to build raised bed vegetable gardens in the neighborhood.  They will also conduct outreach to promote participation in local farmers markets and community gardens.

As part of the initiative youth are surveying youth and residents on their food purchasing habits and raising awareness about the amount of local consumer dollars spent on junk food.  The goal is to educate residents about local, healthy food options and encourage them to reduce the amount of shopping at fast food establishments.

In partnership with Tufts University Urban Environmental Planning Department, DSNI and Real Food Hub partners are conducting a mapping exercise to identify raised bed gardens in the Dudley neighborhood and understand their impact on local food access.

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Dudley Neighbors, Inc.

Dudley Neighbors Inc. 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.

In the fall of 1988, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved DNI’s request to become a Massachusetts 121A Corporation. That status allowed DNI to accept the power of eminent domain to acquire privately-owned vacant land in the area designated as the Dudley Triangle. DNI combines vacant lots acquired via eminent domain with City-owned parcels and leases these to private and nonprofit developers for the purpose of building affordable housing consistent with the community’s master plan.

DNI is structured as a Community Land Trust (CLT), and as such plays a crucial role in preserving affordable housing and providing residents with a way to control the development process in the neighborhood. DNI leases land initially to developers during construction, and subsequently to individual homeowners, cooperative housing corporations and other forms of limited partnerships.

Through its 99-year ground lease, DNI can require that its properties be used for purposes set forth by the community. It can also establish parameters on the price that homes sell for and can be resold for.

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Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network

The network believes that the growth of the land trust model is a critical tool to address the root causes of inequality of land and property ownership. The network's aim is to leverage our collective power to shift the narrative of housing from private for profit development to one where everyone has access to and control over their housing. As a network we:

  • Advocate for City and State policy that supports the creation, expansion, and stewardship efforts of CLTs and community-controlled development.
  • Explore the range of uses for CLTs including anti-displacement, urban farming, and small business preservation.
  • Provide peer support and sharing of best practices among CLTs and emerging CLTs.
  • Leverage resources and funding for CLT creation and expansion.
  • Create and share curriculum for popular education with resident members and boards to understand the CLT model and how it fits into existing housing advocacy and organizing.

Network members as of the spring 2016 launch include: Alternatives for Community and Environment, Roxbury; Boston Tenant Coalition, City-wide; Chinatown Community Land Trust, Boston (Chinatown); City Life/Vida Urbana, City-wide; Coalition of Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF), Four Corners Dorchester; Dudley Neighbors, Inc., Roxbury; Mattapan United, Boston (Mattapan); New England United for Justice, City-wide with a focus in Dorchester and Mattapan; Urban Farming Institute, City-wide with a focus in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury.

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