Established in 2011, Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) is a 501(c) 3 immigrant-serving nonprofit organization that develops and operates permanent affordable housing for underserved populations in Boston’s inner city neighborhoods and the Gateway Cities of Massachusetts. The Metro Boston based community development was created to participate in activities that strengthening and maintaining the long-term sustainability of Boston’s inner city Caribbean communities.
CICD represents all the 15 Caribbean island countries. This initiative is an effort to address all the prevalent pain points facing the Caribbean community at large. While culturally different, we face similar migratory and economic challenges. To accomplish our mission, CICD will work closely with public agencies, not-for profit partners, and other leaders in the field.
Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) proposes and participates in community-responsive development that acknowledges cultural diversity; amenities that stimulate economic growth; and provide housing with a purpose.
- Create and maint ain affordable supportive housing and assisted living facilities.
- Encourage entrepreneurial job creation
- Expand the supply of mixed-income incubator facilities.
CICD was created and operated by the Executive Director Donald Alexis who advocates for the building of strong communities with opportunities for all. The idea to start a Caribbean CDC originated in 2005 while attending University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The idea was fueled by the various migratory challenges facing Caribbean newcomers in Boston. This prompted Donald Alexis to reach out to his colleagues and friends on getting involved in volunteer and advocacy issues impacting the community. Although CICD is a startup not- for profit organization, Mr. Alexis and the Board of Directors envision CICD to be a recognizable community provider in affordable housing and self-sufficient social services