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In January, CBA was named the developer for the Smith Baker Center, one of Lowell’s great cathedrals. Now the work begins. Says Lowell resident Michael Gallagher, "the Smith Baker re-development plan is a very exciting development for the city, one that could really advance the ball in support of the city's campaign to make Lowell a cultural Mecca." 

Lowell's Latinos are passionate about improving their neighborhoods and building the best life for their families. But many are unsure of where to turn or how to get started. In response, CBA has started a program with members to address Latino's needs and ideas: the Asociación Latina de Lowell (ALL).Launched in August 2016, ALL empowers the Latino community, increase its engagement with the City, and encourage members to get more involved with the broader community.

 The Supported Training and Education Program (STEP) prepares high school graduates for careers in advanced manufacturing and places them in entry-level positions with companies at the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone. Students are paid to attend the six-week training and receive free transportation and case management for up to 18 months to ensure their success on the job. Contact Sako Long at sako.long@cbacre.org or 978-452-7523 for more information. 

Graduates of STEP receive one year of free transportation to their jobs through CBA's partnership with QRyde. To help support this importart program visit: www.crowdrise.com/build-better-futures-lowell-ma/fundraiser/QRydeProfile

After the successful opening of our first veterans-preference development in Haverhill, CBA is moving forward with a second veterans’ housing project, a mixed-used housing project favoring low-income veterans and their families. Named for the Gerson Furniture Company, the Gerson building will replace the company’s old storefront at the mouth of Haverhill’s downtown and provide affordable housing for forty-four veterans and their families. Veterans will have access to support and services through our partnership with the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center.

Haverhill Housing

27 veterans and their families have moved into the Welcome Home apartments in Haverhill, capping off a year of construction and two years of predevelopment work. Through a partnership with the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, the veterans receive supportive services including job readiness training, community meals and health and wellness classes.

The Gorham Street apartments provide 24 households in the Back Central neighborhood a safe, affordable, energy-efficient place to live, close to local schools and the Lowell Gallagher Transit Terminal. Completed in 2015, they represent CBA's first foray into Back Central.

6 Degrees of the Acre 

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ayer cordially invite you to a black-tie gala at their home on Thursday June 28 at 6 O'Clock in the evening in support of Coalition for a Better Acre's workforce development, after school, financial education and civic engagement programming aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty in the Acre neighborhood and beyond.

Walk the red carpet, enjoy hors-d'oeuvres, sip a libation, bid on silent auction items, and explore the most ornate mansion in Lowell as we travel back to 1888, hosted by the home's original owners, industrialist Frederick Ayer and his lovely bride Ellen Banning Barrows Ayer. Buy tickets here: www.mktix.com/cba 



We are excited to announce that the City of Lowell has been named one of five Massachusetts cities to win the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Working Cities Challenge. CBA will be the backbone agency for this project. Over the next three years, we will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit partners in Lowell to fight multi-generational poverty in the Acre.

Check out the CBA's new blog! acrenewsweb.wordpress.com

Get your heart pumping with free Zumba classes! We offer an hour-long session twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Classes are held at the North Canal Community Center Room at 517 Moody Street in Lowell. 



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For a limited time, your donation to CBA counts double! The Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) provides a 50% state tax credit for donations of $1,000 or more to CBA. Learn how you can double your money as you help CBA build better communities.


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