Chelsea’s Shurtleff-Bellingham Initiative will engage public, private, and nonprofit sectors in an effort to reduce poverty and mobility rates by 30% in the Shurtleff-Bellingham neighborhood. Representing one-third of Chelsea’s residents, the neighborhood has historically faced complex inter-connected social, economic, and physical challenges. The City-led initiative will be led by several cross-sector task forces in the areas of private investment and housing conditions, civic engagement and quality of life, and intergenerational learning and prosperity, all of which will have strong private sector and resident engagement. The City’s partners include The Neighborhood Developers, Roca, Century 21 D’Amico & Associates, Mitchell Properties, Metro Credit Union, Chelsea Bank, and Stop and Compare Supermarket.
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Chelsea sits just across the Mystic River from Boston. That single fact has shaped the city's past and may be the key to its future.
Chelsea's population peaked at 45,816 in 1930 and then declined steadily to a low of 25,431 in 1980, before rebounding to 35,177 in 2010. Figures from the 2010 Census reflect the city's youth and diversity:
|Persons under 18 years||25.3%||21.7%|
|Persons 65 years and over||8.7%||13.8%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.1%||0.3%|
|Black or African-American alone||8.5%||6.6%|
|Hispanic or Latino||62.1%||9.6%|
|Two or more races||5.9%||2.6%|
|White alone (not Hispanic or Latino)||25.2%||76.1%|
"Chelsea is a city of transformations. Humbly beginning as a trading post, it has been successively a manorial estate, an agricultural community, a ferry landing, a summer resort, a residential suburb and finally an industrial city."
According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2007-2011:
The number of children age 0-1 grew by 43.9% over last decade.
The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (2007-2011) estimates that 44.1% of Chelsea’s population is foreign born:
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, as of June 2013, Chelsea’s unemployment rate stood at 9.6%, compared with 7.4% statewide. The city’s economic mix is a blend of health care, government, and service occupations. Because of its proximity to Boston and Logan International Airport, Chelsea is also home to the metropolitan area’s largest distribution center for wholesale produce. Another recent addition to the mix is the FBI, which chose Chelsea as the site for its New England Headquarters. According to Clark University researchers, Chelsea’s five largest employers are:
The Chelsea Campus of Bunker Hill Community College fills an important need through its active involvement in the community and its partnerships with community-based organizations, and social service organizations. Among its many offerings are programs in the health professions, adult basic education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages.
Chelsea is home to ROCA, a nonprofit that works with youth and is the first organization to pilot the state’s pay-for-success initiative. ROCA represents just one example of high-capacity local leadership that has emerged as the city has recovered from a stint in receivership.