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Mel King Institute Celebrates First Anniversary

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July 8, 2010

On June 24, 2010, The Mel King Institute for Community Building was joined by members of the community development field from across Massachusetts to celebrate significant achievements made in its first year. Named after one of the most influential founders of community development in Boston, the Mel King Institute has provided comprehensive support by providing training opportunities, coordinating forums for collaboration, and fostering partnerships between CDC’s to help strengthen vibrant and thriving communities in Massachusetts.

Joining the celebration was David Erikson, from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and author of the The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods. David Erikson gave his insight into the journey of affordable housing in America, from the growth small cities, to the emblematic demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects in 1972, and highlighted the role that CDCs have played in maintaining access to affordable housing in modern times.

Following David’s presentation, a panel of familiar faces including Boston LISC Executive Director Bob Van Meter, opened up discussion on some of the most pertinent issues in the current economic and political climate. The issues raised varied from the double bottom line, to initiating projects that are morally right and economically strong’, to best methods of responding to financial crisis and the need for a more comprehensive take on community development.

To conclude the evening’s celebration, special guest Mel King gave the final words on the irreplaceable value of access to affordable housing in the future and the importance of the Innovation Forum in “sustaining the soul of the services” by enabling a dynamic relationship between all members of the community development sector.

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