August 17 2018,  Malden

ACDC celebrates opening of new Malden space with mayor

Mayor Gary Christenson, State Reps. Steve Ultrino and Paul Donato, city councillors, members of the community, and Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) members cut the ribbon for ACDC’s new Malden office at 1 Salem St.

The Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) joined Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and Malden community members to celebrate the opening of the organization’s new office in Malden. The new office is located at 1 Salem St. close to the Malden Center MBTA station.

Founded in Boston’s Chinatown in 1987, ACDC expanded its programs and services to Malden in 2016, where 25 percent of residents are Asian, and of which the majority are first-generation immigrants. ACDC runs the state’s only Chinese-language, HUD-certified first-time homebuyer education program, and the new Malden space will increase the organization’s capacity to serve more families with the programs and services they need to stay and thrive in the community. In addition to first-time homebuyer education and one-on-one financial and housing counseling, ACDC launched its Malden youth program – based on its highly successful A-VOYCE program in Chinatown – to train young leaders to learn about community issues and become more civically engaged.

“This new office embodies our commitment to the City of Malden, and we look forward to deepening our partnership with the City and continuing to learn about the needs of the community. We believe we bring a unique community development perspective that will help build a more cohesive and vibrant community in Malden,” said ACDC Executive Director Angie Liou.

Last year ACDC served over 80 families in Malden with first-time homebuyer and financial education counseling. The new office in Malden is part of ACDC’s long-term strategic plan, which will support more youths and families with financial literacy, leadership development and civic engagement programs.

“We are pleased to welcome ACDC to Malden and continue to be grateful for their advocacy to preserve affordable housing in our communities and for their support of families and youth through various programs,” said Mayor Christenson. “Their services and initiatives have had a significant impact in the lives of so many of our families.”

ACDC looks forward to growing its programs and services in Malden, which has been made possible by support from the Boston Foundation’s Open Door Fund, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Capital One and ACDC’s generous individual and institutional donors.

 

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