ACDC newsletter for April


Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast

Friday, April 27th at 7:30AM

China Pearl Restaurant

Join us as we celebrate 31 years of building affordable homes, empowering families and strengthening communities.

We are excited to welcome Janet Wu of WCVB-TV back as our wonderful Emcee; and look forward to having Chrystal Kornegay, newly appointed Executive Director of MassHousing as our Keynote Speaker.

We are happy to be honoring Eugene Welch, Executive Director of South Cove Community Health Center with the Neil Chin Community Service Award for his many years of serving and supporting new immigrant families and the AAPI community! We are also excited to honor Shirley Leung, Columnist with the Boston Globe with our Inspiration Award, for showing perseverance, dedication and determination to help solve issues facing the Asian American community and community at-large throughout her career in journalism.

Malden Youth Program Launched!
Some of the youth participating in a team-building activity

We are excited to share that our Malden youth program has launched! Thank you to our program partner, Malden High School, and special thank you to The Boston Foundation’s Open Door Fund, for supporting this program expansion!

We are proud that Malden high school youth and ACDC’s youth program alumni from Malden played extensive roles in developing the program alongside staff. This year’s curriculum focuses on “discovering yourself and your personal strengths and identity”, with the goal of mobilizing youth to connect their individual identity on an interpersonal level with their peers and the Malden community at-large, and leveraging what they learned to become leaders in their community.

We look forward to sharing more updates throughout the year!

ACDC awarded full CITC allocation of $150,000

Thank you to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for their continued support and awarding ACDC with $150,000 of Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) this year!

We want to congratulate our fellow CDCs and look forward to leveraging these funds to continue our respective work to build affordable homes, empower families and strengthen communities!

More good news — the State Senate voted late last month to approve extending the CITC program from 2019 – 2025, which has already been approved by the House, and we hope to see Governor Baker sign the legislation into law by the end of April!

If you’re not already taking advantage of the CITC program as a donor, you can learn more by clicking the button below:

Great Turnout at April Homebuyer Fair!
We had over 30 community members attend our April Homebuyer Fair who met with local lenders to learn about special banking and mortgage offers, and financial assistance benefits for first-time homebuyers. Participants also learned about affordable housing opportunities and how they can qualify.
Thank you to our partners at Boston Private Bank, Cambridge Trust Company, Century Bank, Eastern Bank, First Republic Bank, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Sage Bank, Santander Bank, Webster Bank and Wellesley Bank!
2018 SaturPLAY Series Starts Again on April 28

ACDC’s A-VOYCE youth program is gearing up for this year’s SaturPLAY series, which will be held on the following Saturdays, from 1:00P – 3:00P at Mary Soo Hoo Park:


– April 28

– May 26

– June 30

– July 28

– Sept. 29

– Oct. 27


SaturPLAY was developed by one of our A-VOYCE youth and Chinatown community member, Yanjing, who wanted to revitalize her neighborhood by providing more opportunities for children and families to play and spend quality time together in public spaces like Mary Soo Hoo Park.


Thank you to our program partner, The Greenway Conservancy!

SAVE THE DATE: Films at the Gate – Aug. 24 – 26
Last year’s turnout at Friday night’s screening of Ken Eng’s My Life in China. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.
This year’s Films at the Gate event will be held from Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th! Mark your calendars to make sure you don’t miss out on this fun, summertime tradition!
This event is largely organized by high school youth, who work tirelessly for months leading up to the festival to put on a free community event for all to enjoy.

Last year’s team of youth volunteers and leaders pictured with some of our staff and program alumni. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.