Incorporated in 1969, ETC Development Corporation is a non-profit owner and developer of affordable housing that encourages economic and ethnic diversity. We pursue opportunities throughout Massachusetts with a particular focus on neighborhoods that have a significant or increasing Latino population.
ETC undertakes its development activities alone or in partnership with for-profit or other non-profit developers. ETC is an experienced developer with significant capacity having more than 200 units currently in development and more than 1,000 units of housing completed. ETC owns and oversees a rental housing portfolio of approximately 500 units as well as commercial space.
Through its affiliate relationship with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, ETC offers a unique community building model that goes beyond bricks and mortar to support and empower residents by providing access to educational, economic and cultural services and programs.
In 1968, a group of primarily Puerto Rican residents of the South End of Boston formed The Emergency Tenants Council of Parcel 19 to challenge the urban renewal plan that threatened their displacement from Boston’s South End of Boston and preserve housing for low-income residents of that area. Rallying to the cry, “No nos mudaremos de la Parcela 19” (“We will not be moved from Parcel 19”).
One year later, in 1969, ETC Development Corporation was formed as a non-profit charitable organization to undertake real estate development, ownership and management activities. The Emergency Tenants Council of Parcel 19 was renamed Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción in 1974 with a focus on the social, economic, cultural and educational needs of residents.
The community-organizing efforts led by the residents conducted a multi-year campaign that won them the right to control the redevelopment of their community.
The collaboration of ETC as a developer, owner and manager and IBA as a resident-controlled community-building agency became a unique and innovative model in the affordable-housing community.
During the mid-1970s and through 1990, ETC working collaboratively with IBA and Villa Victoria residents, developed the Villa Victoria community, a 895- unit low and moderate-income neighborhood that includes: