JPNDC is helping tenants tackle challenges of safety, conditions and youth development 

What we’re doing

  • Organizing tenant leaders: JPNDC helped organize residents to create a new tenant organization in 2013 and we continue to provide organizing and technical assistance to help residents address their top concerns: safety, conditions and positive youth opportunities.

  • Developing youth leaders: JPNDC runs the Mildred C. Hailey Youth Leadership Institute, an afterschool leadership program for middle and high school students. In 2018 the youth began a dedicated campaign to restore “The Cave” as a safe youth center and gathering place.

  • Improving public safety: We’ve worked closely with the Mildred Hailey Tenant Organization and youth leaders to make Mildred Hailey a safer place to live. JPNDC has helped organize the “NO MORE” rally in November 2018 to call attention to residents’ vulnerability to violence, co-sponsored a youth sports jamboree, and helped residents bring local and state officials together to install new security cameras throughout the development.

  • 625 new homes: JPNDC is a co-developer in Centre Street Partners (along with The Community Builders and Urban Edge) which was designated by BHA in 2017 for the Mildred C Hailey Redevelopment project. Plans include 625 new homes in five buildings as well as a new 9,500 SF Anna Mae Cole Community Center.

The Background

  • A first in the US: Then known as Bromley-Heath, the development was the first public housing development in the US to be managed by a tenant organization, the Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which operated from 1973 to 2012.

  • A proud and resilient history. Even as federal support declined, tenant leaders worked tirelessly to protect and improve the lives of apartment residents. Julia Martin is one such leader.

  • JPNDC’s involvement goes back two decades. In 1996, JPNDC partnered with the Bromley-Heath TMC and a private developer to develop the Stop & Shop and Martha Eliot Health Center in Jackson Square. Since then, we also partnered with the TMC on Walden Gardens and the Julia Martin House.


“Sharing the Work of Community Transformation” by State Rep. Nika Elugardo, Jamaica Plain Gazette, March 22, 2019

Tenant organization’s fight for City resources to quell violence starts to pay off,” Jamaica Plain Gazette, December 8, 2017

City seeks private partner to rebuild former Bromley-Heath complex,” The Boston Globe, February 23, 2017

Hear two Mildred Hailey residents speak about becoming community leaders.