Amplifying All Voices
As Boston emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is committed to launching new initiatives and expanding existing programs that help elevate all residents.
Embracing the Diversity of All Bostonians
ADDING SEATS TO THE TABLE
- Expand the new Office of Black Male Advancement to remove barriers to opportunity for Black men and boys in Boston.
- Seed the new Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement to ensure Bostonians of all gender identities and sexualities can thrive.
- Create an Indigenous Communities Fellow position to make sure City programs support indigenous residents and uplift their histories and experiences.
SUPPORTING VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES
- $1.2 million increase in the Office of Returning Citizens for case management and supports for people returning to the City after release from state, federal, and county facilities.
- $500,000 to bolster access to critical immigration legal services through the Office of Immigrant Advancement.
- Expand the Dreamers Fellowship program from two to three sessions per year, providing increased leadership training and hands-on experience to immigrant youth.
Accessible and Equitable Government
EXPANDING LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS ACCESS
- Increase capacity to more effectively support City staff in making services accessible to residents who speak or write in different languages and those with sight or vision impairment.
- Hire in-house translators to quickly respond to document translation needs.
- Invest $200,000 in technological improvements and pursue larger contracting opportunities with interpretation vendors.
MAKING GOVERNMENT WORK FOR ALL RESIDENTS
- Establish the Office of Participatory Budgeting to ensure that residents inform how City dollars are spent.
- Create the first Equity Officer to engage City departments on equitable service delivery.
- Build a new Community Ambassador program in Age Strong to connect older adults to information and resources.