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From Market Basket to the Irish and Greek immigrants who powered the mills, Lowell’s Acre neighborhood has been the landing ground for new ideas, ventures, and communities, the common thread that connects so much of Lowell. Learn how you’re connected to the Acre at CBA’s 6 Degrees of the Acre celebration on June 23rd, 2016. All proceeds from this important event will benefit CBA and its mission to help low-income residents of the Acre achieve economic self-sufficiency. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

In January, CBA was named the developer for the Smith Baker Center, one of Lowell’s great cathedrals. Now the work begins. Says Lowell resident Michael Gallagher, "the Smith Baker re-development plan is a very exciting development for the city, one that could really advance the ball in support of the city's campaign to make Lowell a cultural Mecca." 

Lowell House Inc

Over the next two years, CBA will work in partnership with Lowell House Inc., one of Lowell’s two addiction-treatment programs, to secure the tax credits and funding needed to build a $9 million clinical and sober-living facility on Merrimack Street. Unlike most sober homes, the 23 sober-living apartments will be equipped with full kitchens and bathrooms, creating an atmosphere where residents in recovery can live with their families.

Haverhill Housing

After the successful opening of our first veterans-preference development in Haverhill last year, CBA is moving forward with a second veterans’ housing project, a mixed-used housing project favoring low-income veterans and their families. Named for the Gerson Furniture Company, the Gerson building will replace the company’s old storefront at the mouth of Haverhill’s downtown and provide affordable housing for forty-four veterans and their families. Veterans will have access to support and services through our partnership with the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center.

The Gorham Street apartments provide 24 households in the Back Central neighborhood a safe, affordable, energy-efficient place to live, close to local schools and the Lowell Gallagher Transit Terminal. Completed in 2015, they represent CBA's first foray into Back Central.

We’re hosting our 1st Acre Block Party on June 9th from 4:30 to 7 pm in the parking lot between 517 and 473 Moody Street. DJ, popcorn, snow cones – what’s not to love? Added bonus -- we’ll be previewing the awesome new games we’ve put together for AcreFest. The block parties are funded through a generous Neighborhood Innovation Grant from the City of Lowell. Other sites TBA.

Following the block party, the FIFTH annual Acrefest and the second CBA resource fair will be held on Saturday, June 11th, from 10 am to 3:30 pm on North Common. Lots of entertainment, food, and activities for the kids! Click here for more information.

This summer, CBA was named the co-lead for Lowell in the Working Cities Challenge, an effort by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to bring together business, government and community leaders in struggling cities to identify and address a key issue keeping people in poverty in their city. The Lowell team was awarded $15,000 to plan our initiative, which will address economic revitalization in the Acre neighborhood. In May 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank will announce who will win extra funding to implement their plan.

Come join us for our Monthly Potluck, an opportunity to share a meal and good conversation with CBA members and others from the community. We meet every fourth Thursday of the month, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm It will be held in the North Canal Community Room at 517 Moody Street in Lowell. All are welcome!

Double Your Impact. Donate Today.
For a limited time, your donation to CBA counts double! The Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) provides a 50% state tax credit for donations of $1,000 or more to CBA. Learn how you can double your money as you help CBA build better communities.

Become a member
Becoming a member is easy, simply fill out our membership form on line or call Pam Miller at 978-452-7523 x800 if you have any questions

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
Submit your information to learn more about volunteering at CBA or call Bunrith Sath at 978-452-7523 x809.