Formed in 1983 for the purpose of spearheading revitalization in economically distressed areas, QGHC target population resides in a 4.5 square community area located in the Grove Hall area of Boston, which includes parts of Roxbury and North Dorchester. QGHC target populations and main constituencies are primarily low- to moderate-income individuals and families from diverse cultures who still speak their native language. It is a diverse, working class community comprised of over: 65.7% Cape Verdean ,Black, and Caribbean American; 18% Hispanic;, 5.6% White, American Indian/Eskimo; 0.6% Asian/Pacific Islander and 9.6% of other ethnicities. The age cohort is very young with approximately 2,909 juvenile males and 2,888 juvenile females. There are a total 4,123 households with families of which 2,977 are households with children.
Per capita income for the community is $12,466 with a median household income of $30,322. With a total population of 11, 122 adults, 80.3% of the residents in the area are renters and 30.2% are without a high school diploma. Yet, there is a major lack of any sizeable after-school, afternoon, evening or week-end programs to serve the huge youth population in the Grove Hall neighborhood.
QGHC has worked with other community based organizations to establish and maintain a community collaborative which includes a range of local agencies, residents, families, the property management companies, the Boston Police, the District Attorney’s office, Private security companies, Neighborhood Health Centers, Project RIGHT, Inc., and Roxbury Community College. These community collaborative and partnerships are focused on an agenda of collectively solving community based criminal, drug related and economic problems in the Grove Hall area.