Inside Blessed Sacrament Church on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Blessed Sacrament Church Being Sold By Hyde Square Task Force

The Hyde Square Task Force will be selling the Blessed Sacrament Church property after two years of being unable to find a partner to redevelop it into a community center. The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) purchased the property in 2014, and has been carrying $500,000 in debt, and expenses for the building cost more than $100,000 annually, according to a press release. In 2014, HSTF provided a tour of some of the closed-to-the-public areas of the church. "Dedicating our resources, solely, to meet the needs of our youth is the only way we can fulfill our core mission and that is why the HSTF Board of Directors voted to sell the former Blessed Sacrament Church,” said HSTF Executive Director Celina Miranda. The original plan was for a performing arts center with space for community events, but a 2019 request for proposal seeking investors failed to generate interest.

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Governor Announces $2.6 Million in Brownfields Funds, Including $277K in JP

Governor Charlie Baker was joined by a host of local and state officials on Heath Street to announce that two Jamaica Plain projects are among 16 state projects receiving more than $2.6 million in Brownfields Redevelopment Funds. Baker made the announcement on Jan. 23 at the Hattie Kelton Apartments at 61 Heath St., in JP, which is Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation's (JPNDC) newest building. Brownfields Redevelopment Funds help transform vacant, abandoned, or underused industrial or commercial properties by providing money to pay for the environmental assessment and remediation of the sites in “economically distressed areas” in Massachusetts. The JPNDC is receiving $250,000 for its housing developments at 25 Amory Street and 250 Centre Street.

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Apply for Census jobs!

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The U.S. Census Bureau needs to hire 500,000 people across the country in order to count every resident. Starting pay in Boston is $25/hour, the schedule is flexible, and the employment is temporary. Bilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply and non-citizens may be eligible depending on hiring progress. These jobs are crucial for making sure hard-to-count communities get the funding and representation they deserve! We'll have Census staff available to assist with the application and laptops on which to apply!

Fall Festivities at the Egleston Square Peace Garden

Hosted by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and Egleston Square Main Streets, this event will have pumpkin-decorating, fall foods, and other arts & crafts! Get involved and learn more about resources right here in Jamaica Plain! It is also JPNDC's monthly volunteer meet-up, so please reach out to nomadik@jpndc.org if you would like to help out with this event or get involved otherwise!

You Can Make Sure Jamaica Plain Residents Are Counted in U.S. Census

A local organization wants volunteers for a campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census to make sure that all Jamaica Plain residents are counted. "JPNDC is launching a Census 2020 campaign because much of our community -- especially immigrants, people of color, and low-income households -- is at high risk of being undercounted," said a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) email newsletter. "If we're not counted, we lose resources and representation in government!" The JPNDC breaks down on its website why the U.S. Census is vital to Jamaica Plain, Boston and Massachusetts residents. The census is required by the US constitution.

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