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Title:Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción records
Dates:1967-2004 (bulk 1974-1999)
Call Number:M111

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The Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción collection documents the organization's efforts to empower the residents of the Villa Victoria community by providing them with affordable housing and creating opportunities to have greater control over it. The records date from 1967 to 2004 and cover research topics, such as urban renewal and housing rehabilitation (Boxes 1, 4, 6, 8-9,14-18, 21, and 48), tenant associations (Boxes 1, 8, 21, and 23-26), Puerto Rican social conditions, non-profit social service delivery, and community development. Other topics include ethnic identity through cultural education and awareness, Latino performing arts, services to the elderly, youth leadership skills, and substance abuse prevention. The records specifically document programs that were designed to foster ethnic pride and identity through arts and culture, including community celebrations and festivals (Boxes 19-20); to promote youth leadership skills (Boxes 29-30); to prevent substance abuse ( Box 31); and to increase academic success (Box 29). Also documented are economic opportunities within Villa Victoria (Boxes 22, 23-24, 49 ), IBA's organizational restructuring (Boxes 3, 6, 9-10, 32, and 36-37), HUD's expiring use restrictions (Boxes 2-3, 9,13,15-18, 20-25, 49), IBA's fundraising efforts (Boxes 4-6), property management (Boxes 14-17, 48), and the history of IBA and ETC (Boxes 6, 14-17, 48). The types of material found in the collection include meeting minutes, photographs, budgets and financial statements, proposals, grants, contracts, property descriptions and appraisals, assessments, newspaper clippings, program descriptions, progress reports, statistics, and evaluations. Records are in both English and Spanish.