The residents of the Arlington District in Lawrence, MA formed ACT Lawrence (Formerly Known As, Arlington Community Trabajando) in the fall of 1996. The catalyst for the establishment of the organization was the Malden Mills fire, which threatened to leave unemployed 50% of the residents and the October 1996 Spicket River Floods that caused severe damage to homes along the river.
ACT Lawrence is a growing community development organization with 19 years of experience making Lawrence a more livable city. Since its inception, ACT has worked consistently in the heart of the Arlington neighborhood and it continues to be a strong advocate for empowering and improving the quality of life for its residents. We are also a HUD approved housing counseling agency and certified regionally through the Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative via (CHAPA), Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, as well as Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), an association of mission-driven community development organizations dedicated to working together and with others to create places of opportunity. All of our community programs support extremely low to moderate-income individuals and disadvantaged, often very high-risk youth living in Lawrence.
Today, ACT Lawrence is a Latina-led non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC). Our mission is to work to achieve social and economic justice by empowering low to moderate-income populations in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and through shared values of inclusiveness and collaboration, to reclaim a voice for Lawrence and advocate self-determination for its residents through community development initiatives such as affordable housing, financial coaching, and youth leadership programs.
"I was referred to ACT by a friend when I was five months behind on my mortgage. After 3 counseling sessions, we submitted a loan modification request to my bank. A few months later, my modification was approved. Now, I am saving $1,000 a month. I am so happy to avoid foreclosure and save thousands of dollars in future mortgage payments."
-- Francisco C.