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.  POHWER often coordinates with other grassroots groups — we can all see greater results by working together. 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

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

– Preserving and expanding the number of affordable homes

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

– Developing a greenway/walkway along the Neponset River

– Addressing pollution issues in 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.

SPECIAL DATE FOR AUGUST MEETING: THURSDAY AUGUST 31st at 6:30 pm. In September we’ll resume meeting on the 4th Thursday.

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


Thanks to everyone to came to the Hyde Park/Mattapan Neighborhood Forum on June 28th! 

Southwest Boston CDC’s POHWER Committee will keep working with our partners (East River Neighborhood Association, Edgewater Drive Neighborhood Association, Mattapan United, Mattapan Food and Fitness) and the many residents of Hyde Park and Mattapan to continue making progress to:

See the now vacant Doyle Playground become a beautiful community gathering space plus playground

Ensure that the completion of the Riverwood Shopping Center reflects the community’s input

See the Neponsit River sewage issue resolved

Follow on Facebook to stay informed:  

And contact Alex to learn how to get involved: 617-364-7300 x24

Or, come to the next POHWER meeting! (see above)


SWBCDC’s Community Organizing work is supported in part by LISC Boston