DSNI Publishes Case Study on Creating Local Construction Job & Business Opportunities in Roxbury and Dorchester

What: For The People, By The People 2.0 is a case study that looks at the construction of three federally funded, large-scale construction projects in the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston.  These were a) the renovation of 102 units in 9 buildings, b) the demolition of two buildings and the construction of 49 new units and c), the redevelopment of the former Pearl Hot Dog Factory into the Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Small Business Center. These projects are collectively referred to as “The Quincy Choice Neighborhood” projects, as a US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program so named funded them all.

For The People, By The People 2.0 details how DSNI and Project RIGHT, working with the development team of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation and Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation, were able to successfully secure over $20 million for minority and women owned businesses as well as employ on average, 56% of construction hours for residents, 65% for minorities and 8% for women.

The case study builds on the previous learnings from the successful Salvation Army Kroc Center development project that resulted in significant increases in local hiring and business opportunities above the Boston Residents Job Policy.  The study is being distributed to community groups, developers, policy makers, and the general public in order to share best practices and strategies to increase employment and business opportunities for local residents.

Where: The case study is available online here; hard copies can be obtained by contacting Travis Watson at 617-442-9670 x 180 or TWatson@dsni.org


DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.