Robert Torres

Robert Torres
Location: Boston, Massachusetts Cohort Start Year: 2017 Project Topic: Built Environment/Housing/Planning Populations Served: African-American/Black, Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Low-Income Communities, Urban Communities
Director of Community Benefits
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

I focus on building affordable housing in Boston and creating prosperous communities. Boston is the third most expensive city in the United States, right behind New York and San Francisco. Lower-income residents in Boston often bear extremely high rent burdens, sometimes paying more than 75 percent of their income on rent, often causing families to forgo addressing critical health needs. I work to create more affordable housing opportunities, connect residents to needed services, and design programs and systems that support healthy communities.

I am an affordable housing advocate and a community builder. My mission is to create healthy and equitable communities where residents are positioned to self-organize to drive positive change.

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