Codman Square/Four Corners are diverse communities: 75% are African-American/Caribbean, 16% are Latino, and 8% Caucasian. The neighborhoods are home to some of the lowest income census tracts in the City of Boston and rank among the lowest in educational attainment with a number of schools that fall under “Needs Improvement” or “Failing” under No Child Left Behind. Dorchester has the highest rate of foreclosures in the City of Boston, leading to homeownership displacement, mental anguish and life disruption.
There are several innovative organizations in Codman Square that actively combat these challenges. These include community health center that serves as a model across the country, an innovative financial-health and asset building organization, and a longstanding community development corporation that is one of the strongest in Greater Boston. Alongside these organizations stand neighborhood residents who are dedicated to improving their community and contributing to sustainable change.
My Dorchester is an online tool developed by Dotwell and Social Capital, Inc. that fosters connections and increases civic engagement in the Dorchester community.
The Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library houses an extensive African-American history collection and an urban fiction collection.
Codman Square is home to innovative charter schools that have been recognized nationally including Codman Academy and Epiphany School.
Healthworks Foundation Codman is dedicated to helping women and children from disenfranchised communities achieve optimal health.
There are new rail stations in construction at Four Corners and Talbot Avenue which are expected to open by 2013. The increased transit will connect Codman Square’s 50,000 residents to Boston’s downtown and financial district.