MPDC’s Community Action Department

provides comprehensive programming to residents to help them mobilize, empower themselves, and address quality-of-life issues in the Nubian Square area.

Community Engagement

MPDC encourages our residents and community members to participate in the political process and to actively engage appointed and elected officials. Every community needs strong leaders to guide them – and it is important to identify and nurture the leaders of tomorrow. MPDC offers programming to help develop leadership skills in both our adult and youth residents.

Health Equity and Community Wellness

MPDC promotes healthy homes, healthy people, and healthy communities. We empower residents and encourage them to connect with each other – and with the community.

Community Support

MPDC has been actively engaged in public safety and violence prevention efforts for over 15 years, as a key component of its comprehensive community and economic development efforts. Through its Community Support initiatives, MPDC strives to implement creative, resident-driven and coalition-based solutions to community violence and other public safety challenges in the Roxbury neighborhood, particularly the Nubian Square/Lower Roxbury areas where MPDC’s affordable housing footprint is most significant. We work in close partnership with a variety of partners and collaborators, including Boston Public Health Commission, Whittier Street Health Center, the Orchard Gardens Resident Association as well as MPDC’s property management partners including WinnResidential and Trinity Management and their teams of Resident Service Coordinators.

Youth Development

Our community’s young people are one of its greatest resources. MPDC offers many programs to cultivate the success of our younger residents. Our offerings help them to learn the skills they need to further their education, find employment and succeed as adults.

Family Self Sufficiency Program

When your income goes up, so does your rent. This can make saving difficult, if not impossible. The Family-Self SufficiencyProgramis here to change that.

What is FSS? The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary federal program designed to help you improve your financial future and reach your goals! We have partnered with Compass Working Capital to deliver this program. An opportunity to save your rent increase when you enroll, we establish an account for you called the FSS Savings Account. When you earn more money at work and your rent increases, we will make deposits into this account, which you can use to make progress towards your goals in the program, such as: buying a homepaying for collegesaving for your child’s educationstarting your own small businessbuilding retirement savingsand more One-on-one support to help you reach your goals as part of the program, you also receive one-on-one support from a team of highly trained financial coaches who will help you create a plan and build a more stable financial future! You can work on topics like building your credit, paying down debt, increasing income, and savings. You can also attend optional workshops on a variety of financial topics. The program lasts up to five years, but you can graduate sooner if you complete the program requirements before. Participation in the FSS program does not affect your rental assistance or subsidy.

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To learn more call Stephanie Nguyen, Compass Program Manager at 617-213-0151 or Dwayne Watts at