WATCH CDC works towards a more just community in the Waltham area by promoting affordable housing, providing adult education and leadership development, and empowering underrepresented residents through civic engagement.
WATCH is about you! Our work is underscored and strengthened by community organizing and community building. WATCH seeks to connect, convene and empower a wide range of community members in order to accomplish social and economic justice goals. WATCH seeks to create a community in which all residents, including low and middle income people, immigrants and others who are traditionally disadvantaged or removed from existing power structures, have a voice and can influence decisions, such that social decisions benefit the whole community and not just a few.
WATCH is unique in our area. WATCH is the only organization in our immediate metro west Boston area that conducts community organizing: developing leaders and mobilizing the community to win specific changes.
WATCH is the only organization in Waltham working focused on increasing affordable housing development. We collaborate with Metro West Collaborative Development (MWCD). MWCD provides services to its partners in Watertown, Waltham, Belmont and Lexington - with a focus on affordable housing development. Simultaneously, WATCH works to identify suitable sites in Waltham and organize the community support to see affordable homes created.
WATCH continually assesses the needs of the community, adapts to meet those needs and acts to make positive community changes.
WATCH members are diverse. WATCH has a racially, ethnically and economically diverse membership and constituency. Our annual meeting and other large forums provide rare opportunities for socializing with a diverse cross section of the Waltham and surrounding community. We come from all income levels, ethnic backgrounds and political affiliations. We reflect the local community: Around half of Waltham's residents rent their homes and the other half owns. Around half of Waltham residents would qualify for affordable housing under federal standards. Around a third of Waltham's residents are foreign born.
What we share is an interest in having an input into local decisions, a belief that everyone deserves opportunity and a desire to build connections with others. WATCH serves as a nexus, bringing people and organizations together to address timely issues.
Everyone is invited to participate with WATCH. Participation with WATCH's programs is open to anyone of any community, although our community organizing work focuses on community improvements in Waltham. While most of our members and supporters live in Waltham, we have a significant and growing number of active members and supporters in Belmont, Newton, Lexington, Lincoln, Weston and other nearby communities.