Public Policy and Civic Leadership
BCC’s work is rooted in practice—on-the-ground actions we take to respond to the evolving needs of underserved markets. We translate this practice into policy—leveraging the power of work “in the trenches” to promote systemic change in the communities we serve.
Building healthy communities is not a solo task. BCC operates “at the intersections,” creating bridges across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. We work with civic, government, community-based, and private sector partners and stakeholders to create and preserve resources for neighborhood stabilization and revitalization and to advance initiatives that have the potential to transform our communities. We play an active leadership role in the housing, community development, and CDFI sectors, working to ensure that resources are mobilized and moving in concert to provide solutions at the scale of the problems we seek to address.
Our staff members currently serve on the Massachusetts Governor’s Foreclosure Impacts Task Force, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Grocery Access Task Force, and the Working Cities Advisory Board.
We are also active participants in the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, the Opportunity Finance Network, Housing Partnership Network, CHAPA, the Charter School Lenders Coalition, and the Community Health Lender Coalition, among other groups.
Our advocacy and civic leadership plays a role in local and national efforts aimed at expanding access to capital in underserved communities. Issues we advocate around include:
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiatives
We actively participate in policy initiatives, task forces, and working groups aimed at improving the lives of low income people and communities. Our efforts support investment in underserved communities, healthy food access, family financial stability, sustainable development, and access to housing, healthcare, education, and childcare.
We support the continuation of the Affordable Care Act’s mandatory Health Center Fund. (February 14, 2014)
We urge Congress to extend the NMTC as a vital tool that promotes revitalization in rural and urban communities across America. (October 28, 2013)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiatives:
Our policy work has focused on ensuring that low income communities and residents benefit from and participate in the adoption of new, clean and sustainable technologies and policies. We focus on financing tools and strategies that align the long-term benefits and financing of high performing buildings—ones that are less expensive to operate and maintain, healthier to live in, and located in convenient, transit-oriented sites.
Our foreclosure prevention policy focus has been on developing the financing tools that allow families to stay in their homes. We have focused on strategies that combat the neighborhood destabilizing impacts of foreclosures, subprime mortgages and collapsing real estate prices.