Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) took time last week to celebrate their accomplishments this year for their annual meeting.
“We really wanted to highlight our accomplishments this year and tell the community what was going on,” Communications Associate Christine Nguyen said.
ACDC works to build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and a strong Asian American community.
This year they held together a mayor and councilor debate in Quincy.
“We had translation head pieces so people can understand what was being said in their language,” Nguyen said. “It was a really good turnout. More than 200 people came.”
They have also been busy at work with Parcel 12. Parcel 12 is one of the few remaining undeveloped properties in Chinatown. It is owned by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and is located on Tremont Street between the DoubleTree Hotel/Wang YMCA and the Tufts Medical Center parking garage. ACDC had at least six meetings with the public on what they would like to see. ACDC has advocated that Parcel 12 be used for affordable housing development.
According to Nguyen, they recently submitted a report to the BRA with their suggestions for the land.
They have also worked with families and helped them get into affordable housing.
“I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t get into One Greenway. My old landlord wanted us to move out and I couldn’t sleep at night because I was so worried and didn’t know where we would move to. I am so glad we can continue living in Chinatown. I know I am lucky that I get to live here at One Greenway but there are many more people who aren’t so lucky and are still waiting for affordable housing. I hope there will be more affordable housing in Chinatown to benefit others,” Xiu Duan said about being helped by the ACDC.
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