Community Organizing


This is YOUR neighborhood. We can help you have a greater say in what happens here.

Southwest Boston CDC brings Hyde Park and Roslindale residents together to solve problems, improve neighborhoods, and gain greater control over their community’s future.

We do this by supporting residents in identifying the issues they want to address, and helping them develop the skills they need to implement the plans they create.

Our main organizing committee is called POHWER (People of Hyde Park Wanting Equal Representation: for an inclusionary vision of Hyde Park). It’s made up of tenants and homeowners who are diverse in many ways, but all care about making improvements to their neighborhood. The commitee is now working on:

– Ensuring that Hyde Park — and all residents of Hyde Park — have leadership opportunities and a fair share of the resources and attention needed for a strong quality of lifeClevan and Gabriel1 cropped for all

– Preserving and expanding the number of affordable homes

– Ensuring new development in Hyde Park reflects what local residents want and need, with a focus on preventing displacement of current community members

– Restoring local parks that have become blighted from lack of investment

– Developing a greenway/walkway along the Neponset River

– Considering other issues that emerge from members of the community, like you


POHWER meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 11 Fairmount Ave, Room 103 at 6:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome! Get in touch to learn more. Contact Alex Nadel: 617-364-7300 x 24

Or, stay in touch with the group’s Facebook page



Hyde Park/Mattapan Neighborhood Forum

Wednesday, June 28th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm

In the Community Room in The Shops at Riverwood

892 River St, Hyde Park

(behind Iora Primary Care — park by Dollar Tree)


Join us to:

  • Give your ideas about the final development phase for The Shops at Riverwood shopping center (by Price-Rite).

  • Contribute to plans for rebuilding the Doyle Playground.

  • Learn about the pollution in the Neponset River, and what we need the City to do


This is a day to learn more about your neighborhood

…and have a voice in how it will be shaped!


Refreshments will be provided.

Follow on Facebook to stay informed:  

And contact Alex to learn more: 617-364-7300 x24


This is an event for any resident of Hyde Park or Mattapan who cares about what happens in their neighborhood. Participating organizations:

East River Neighborhood Association

Edgewater Drive Neighborhood Association

Mattapan United

Mattapan Food and Fitness

Southwest Boston CDC’s POHWER Committee