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TND Community Engagement


Chelsea Shurtleff Bellingham Initiative

May 2014

Melissa Walsh

Director of Community Engagement

The Neighborhood Developers

Our mission: to build vibrant and diverse neighborhoods with homes that are affordable to families with a mix of incomes, where people choose to invest in the social fabric, economic opportunities and built environment

Our InvestmentStrategies

Foundation of Place

Residents with Resources

To strengthen markets and expand affordable housing

To increase economic stability and resilience

Network of People

To foster a resilient social fabric and civic infrastructure

Grounded in principles of environmental and financial sustainability.

We are here for the long-term.

Community Engagement at TND

  • The CE program aims to:

    • Build social capital by fostering person-to-person and people-to-place relationships

    • Develop the skill and will of resident leaders to take on leadership roles at TND and in their community

    • Encourage civic engagement in order to build neighborhoods of choice were neighbors have elevated community standards and a sense of efficacy

Tnd community engagement
TND Community Engagement

Civic Engagement

Neighbor to Community

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighborhood Planning Community Committees

City Forums & Meetings Public Meetings

Advocacy Campaigns Voting

MembershipClean Ups NeighborCircle Projects

Park Builds First Thursday Walden Coffee House

Tenant Events Block Parties Community Art Projects

Community Events

NeighborCircles Welcoming Program

Tenant Events Door Knocking

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TND Community Engagement

Civic Engagement

Neighbor to Community

Neighbor to Neighbor

Leadership Development

2013 Impact

  • 811TND members

  • 75leaders participated in leadership development

  • 180individuals took on leadership roles, including 35new leaders

  • 900 residents participated in sharing their perspectives on community conditions through the Resident Experience Surveys (354) and other surveys/interviews

  • 1,515 unique individuals participated Community Engagement eventswith a sum of attendance at 2,060

  • 1,300unique individuals participated in 80community building events, meeting their neighbors and fellow community members

  • 460community residents participated in 80civic projects and/or public forums that seek to improve neighborhood conditions and to address broadly shared community concerns

Shurtleff Bellingham Initiative

1. Support bold, promising approaches that have the potential to transform the lives of low-income people and the communities in which they live.

2. Build resilient, cross-sector civic infrastructure that can tackle the complex challenges facing smaller industrial cities and achieve population-level results.

3. Move beyond programs and projects to focus on transforming systems; promote integration across multiple systems and issues.

4. Drive private markets to work on behalf of low-income people by blending public, private, and philanthropic capital and deploying it in catalytic investments.

5. Accelerate and learn from promising work already underway.

6. Create a successful model for New England and beyond

Working Cities Challenge

  • Neighbor Circles

Shurtleff Bellingham Initiative

  • Theory of ChangeNeighborCircles

Shurtleff Bellingham Initiative

27 Cross-Sector Partners

  • Community Action Programs Inner-City (CAPIC)

  • Community Enhancement Team


  • HarborCOV

  • Metro Credit Union

  • MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center

  • Mitchell Properties

  • North Suffolk Mental Health Association

  • Roca

  • Chelsea Hunger Action Network

  • Salvation Army

  • Stop & Compare Supermarket

  • The Neighborhood Developers

  • Al Huda Society

  • Bay Cove Human Services - ASP

  • Bunker Hill Community College

  • Boys & Girls Club

  • Centro Latino

  • Centruy 21 D'Amico & Associates

  • Chelsea Bank

  • Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

  • Chelsea Collaborative

  • Chelsea Housing Authority

  • Chelsea Police Department

  • Chelsea Public Schools

  • Chelsea Revere Winthrop Elder Services

  • City of Chelsea

Healthy Chelsea & TND Collaboration

A stronger, healthier community

  • Adopt a Park

  • Walking School Bus Outreach

  • Exploring collaborative asthma prevention work

  • … and there is potential for more!

Contact Us!

Reuben Kantor

Chelsea SBI Director

[email protected]


Melissa Walsh

Community Engagement Director

[email protected]