Who We Are
Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) is a housing and community development organization that creates affordable housing in Boston's neighborhoods with large numbers of people of Caribbean decent. We also invest in high-impact opportunities to enhance the socio-economic well-being for local working families. Our team is passionate and committed to improving lives and helping working families become successful members of their local communities.
When the Great Recession hit in 2008, many working Caribbean-American families in Boston became victims of foreclosures. Their life savings were depleted and instead of pursuing the American Dream, many people were struggling to pay rent and deal with damaged credit ratings. Motivated to solve this dire situation for the Caribbean-American community, Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) was founded in 2011.
CICD joined 70 other Boston non-profits in 2012 to kick off “You Have Rights”, a campaign delivered in Haitian Creole to help renting families confront their landlords about unfair and unsafe living conditions. We also assisted the Boston Housing Authority, translating their housing application forms and video to Haitian Creole so that they were accessible for Caribbean immigrants.
We are currently building an urban residential development adjacent to the MBTA Fairmount/Indigo Line (Mattapan) that will connect families with quality jobs around Downtown . A total of 90% of the housing units will be affordable. We’re excited about the opportunities this project will create as it contributes to the revitalization of the neighborhood.
We envision a thriving Caribbean Diaspora, where families are supported and able to invest in their future.
“CICD’s initiatives focus on some of the most pressing long term needs of the Caribbean Diaspora; economic stability, self-sufficiency and housing. Our housing and workforce development activities' objective is to revitalize communities, while developing tangible resources that will have a profound impact on catalyzing success from within”.
George Durante, Caribbean Integration Community Development Board President