Chelsea received a $225,000 three-year implementation award for its Shurtleff-Bellingham Initiative, which seeks to reduce poverty and mobility rates by 30 percent in the Shurtleff-Bellingham neighborhood. The initiative is led by the City of Chelsea, The Neighborhood Developers and ROCA in partnership with 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 goal of the initiative is to transform the Shurtleff-Bellingham neighborhood from a transient, high-poverty area into a neighborhood where residents have the opportunity to climb out of poverty, then choose to stay long-term and invest time and resources. Among other activities, Chelsea plans to focus on creating integrated, data-driven processes, building social capital to address issues such as cleanliness and safety, and reducing overcrowding and substandard conditions by strengthening code enforcement.
Boys & Girls Club, Centro Latino, Century 21 D'Amico & Associates, Chelsea Bank, Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea Hunger Action Network,
Chelsea Revere Winthrop Elder Services,
Community Action Programs Inter-City (CAPIC), HarborCOV,
Metro Credit Union, MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center,
Mitchell Properties, North Suffolk Mental Health Association, ROCA, Salvation Army, and Stop & Compare Supermarket
Learn about Chelsea
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.