August 2017
Stay informed on what's happening at ACDC.

ThinkChinatown Unveiling

Thank you to everyone who came out to the inaugural ThinkChinatown unveiling last month! We had a great turnout for the event, highlighting the installation of a new mural, Tied Together by a Thousand Threads, proposed by this year's ThinkChinatown fellow, Boston native and Chinatown resident, Yvonne Ng.

Films at the Gate This Weekend! 
Join us for another exciting Films at the Gate Festival coming up on Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27!
Matched Savings Program
ACDC is excited to announce our pilot program to help recent immigrant, first-time homebuyers reach their goals with the Matched Savings program, in partnership with the Midas Collaborative and funded in part by the United Way of Mass Bay/Merrimack Valley.

The program has already reached capacity, and we look forward to expanding on the pilot program to serve more families in the coming years.
SaturPLAY Trailer
SaturPLAY Trailer

We're hosting two more SaturPLAY events for the year at Mary Soo Hoo Park. The rain date will be the following Saturday. 

SaturPLAY is a monthly, youth-run placemaking series held in Chinatown. All of the activities are planned and developed by high school students, volunteering their Saturday afternoons to create more opportunities for children and their families to play in Chinatown.

Upcoming SaturPLAY Dates:
  • 9/30
  • 10/28
Chinatown Resource Map

One of our planning interns, Yanjing, created a Google map of Chinatown, with segments for community services, restaurants, grocery stores, and other community amenities.  Her vision was to design a bilingual tool that would help residents, new immigrants and visitors learn more about the community by exploring and discovering new or unknown resources and attractions.

Yanjing needs your help to improve the map for wider distribution. Please take a few minutes to check out the map and fill out the survey by clicking the link below.

Feature in The Boston Foundation's Newsletter
Photo courtesy of Richard Howard/Boston Foundation

Xunquan, a recent immigrant who with his wife, is supporting twin children currently in college, graduated from ACDC's first-time homebuyer course. He has since been working with our Housing Counselor, Lee, and recently purchased his first home.

Our program, which has expanded to serve Malden residents, was funded with the Boston Foundation's Open Door grant, so that more family's like Xunquan's can become empowered to reach their financial and home-buying goals. The Boston Foundation recently featured Xunquan's story in their summer newsletter.

Scholars Work with ACDC on Housing Mapping Tool
Five CAPAL (Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership) Scholars worked with ACDC, who advised the scholars and provided data analysis, to p rove the displacement of AAPIs from Boston's Chinatown and create a guide as to how to use a mapping tool to better analyze housing trends. 

Their Community Action Project (CAP) is a collaborative effort between CAPAL Scholars and Interns to build leadership and public policy knowledge and involvement within the Asian Pacific American community, in service of the mission to CAPAL. Scholars and interns will work together to develop tangible ways to connect and engage in initiatives important to them.

Thank you to our 2017 supporters!
Without the support of our generous funders, our work of building affordable homes, empowering families and strengthening communities would not be possible. Thank you for investing in the community! Donors listed have made contributions from January 2017 through August 15, 2017.

Asian American Lawyers Association of MA
Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
Blue Hills Bank Foundation
Boston College
Boston Community Capital
The Boston Foundation - Open Door Fund
The Boston Home Center
Boston Private Bank
The Brennan Group
Bunker Hill Community College
Capital One
Castle Square Tenants Organization
CBT Architects
Century Bank
Chicken and Rice Guys
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England
Chin & Curtis LLC
Chinese Progressive Association
Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation
Clark Lau Associates
Corcoran Jennison Co.
Cottonwood Management
The Davis Companies
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
East West Bank
Enterprise Community Partners
First Republic Bank
Gee How Oak Tin Association of New England
Hackett Feinberg P.C.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
The Josiah Quincy Upper School
KJP Partners LLP
Klein Hornig LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
The Law Office Of Joel A. Stein
Leader Bank
Maloney Properties
Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Massachusetts Investment Housing Investment Corporation
McPhail Associates
Millennium Partners
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
National CAPACD
NEI General Contracting
New Boston Fund / The Tower at One Greenway
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
People's United Community Foundation
Penrose Realty
Pinck & Co.
RBC Capital Markets
Robinson+Cole LLP
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Santander Bank
Security Service Specialists
South Cove Community Health Center
South Cove Manor
Tai Tung Pharmacy / Realty
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
Tisch Counsel for Philanthropic Leadership
Traggorth Companies
Trinity Management
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University
The United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley
U.S. Trust
Walker & DiMarco, P.C.
Wellesley Bank
Jim Calvin & Vikaneda Phothibout
Paul K. Chan
Caroline & Gene Chang
Steven Chen
Amy Cheung & Pradeep Mangalath
Alyna Chien
Frank & Kathleen Chin
Bernard Chiu
Michael Cifelli
Nick Elton
Jim Fong
Michael S. Greco
Nancy Hunt
Alyson Hussey
Sarah G. Kim
Dr. Donald Korb
Terry Kwan
Paul W. Lee & Mary Lee
Rebecca A. Lee
Amanda Linehan
Matthew Liang
Doug Ling
Ann Moy
Jeff Moy
Peter Munkenbeck
Karla Portocarrero & Andrew Fuller
Linda Y. See
Karen Soohoo
Helen Tang
Michael Tow
Randy & Susan Tow
Kwai & Lung Wong
Michelle Wu
Emily K. Yu