Mayor Walsh joins City
Realty to distribute 26 Chromebooks to East Boston students
Courtesy photos attached, hi-res and additional images available upon request.
EAST BOSTON – This week, representatives from CRM Property Management Group
Corp. (City Realty), through their nonprofit arm City Kids, joined Boston Mayor
Martin J. Walsh to distribute 26 Chromebooks to students at two East Boston
Schools: Mario Umana Middle School Academy and the Donald McKay School. The
event took place on Wednesday, April 20, at the McKay School in East Boston.
“By revitalizing properties and developing neighborhoods, our work as a company
has allowed us to invest a lot in the City of Boston,” said Steve Whalen,
Managing Partner of City Realty. “Today’s give away marks a different type of
investment, and that is in Boston’s children. We at City Realty are proud to be
able to give back to the students of East Boston, and are excited to share with
them the resources that will help them to better achieve their educational
“I thank City Realty for their partnership and this generous donation,” said
Mayor Walsh. “Their continued support through contributions like this
underscores their shared commitment to Boston's students. Giving our young
people the resources to succeed is an investment in the future of our city."
The students gathered at the McKay School and were joined by Mayor Walsh, who
presented the Chromebooks to the students. Also in attendance were State
Senator-elect Joe Boncore, State Representative Adrian Madaro and Boston City
Councilor Sal LaMattina, all representing East Boston.
In December 2015, City Realty, in association with The Hamilton Foundation and
The Foundation To Be Named Later, were joined by Mayor Walsh to surprise 110
students with Chromebooks. Students were selected from Roxbury community
partners: The Shelburne Community Center, Catholic Charities Teen Center at St.
Peter's, and The BASE. The mission behind these efforts is focused on bridging
the digital divide by donating powerful learning tools to Boston students. The
overarching goal for City Kids is to support a learning environment to spark
intellectual pursuit, and invest in the future of Boston.
City Kids was developed by Steve Whalen and Fred Starikov of City Realty in 2012
as a means to reach out to the children of Boston, providing them with resources
and educational experiences that expand their views of the world and spark their
interest in intellectual pursuits. The Chromebook giveaway is just one of the
many events that City Kids hosts throughout the year.
Since its founding in 2004, City Realty has grown to become a leading agency for
buying, selling, renting, and managing property in the Boston area, specializing
in commercial and residential sales, and providing high-quality residential and
commercial properties at affordable rates. City Realty currently own nearly 650
units in Greater Boston, with 64% priced below fair market rate, and 36% with
subsidized tenants. To date, City Realty has acquired and turned around hundreds
of distressed properties. They conduct mandatory safety and risks assessments
upon new acquisitions of distressed properties and replace all heating systems,
smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, interiors, exteriors, and building
structures with quality materials and deluxe finishes regardless of neighborhood
and income level. In addition, through its subsidiary Lead Safe Homes, City
Realty provides deleading and asbestos abatement to every renovation, bringing
safety and peace of mind to its residents. In turning these properties around,
City Realty seeks to improve quality of life for residents and add value to
City Realty maintains a strong corporate responsibility program. They continue
to provide affordable housing by partnering with agencies such as Hildebrand
Family Self-Help Center Inc.; Heading Home; Pine Street Inc.; Casa Nueva Vida,
Inc.; and Housing authorities like BHA, MBHP, Brookline Housing, Chelsea
Housing, Revere Housing, among others. They regularly participate in and sponsor
community events such as Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Boston Shines neighborhood
cleanup, the Pine Street Inn for dinner services, and at Madison Park High
School for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day projects. And through, City Kids, they
reach out to the children of tenants and provide them with resources and
educational experiences to expand their view of the world and spark interest in
intellectual pursuits. Since its inception in 2012, all participants have
received educational items yearly, such as subscriptions to National Geographic
magazine in 2012 and tickets to the Museum of Science in 2013. In 2014, City
Realty hosted a “City Kids Inspiration Contest,” asking the children to write
about who inspires them and why, with the winners receiving an iPad Mini to
support their studies.