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“When people have a nice place to live they are inspired to improve their community,” says Sara Rosa, a resident of CLT’s Lower Roxbury Apartments since 1996. “They are inspired to do better for themselves and their families.”



Originally from Puerto Rico, Sara moved to Boston twenty years ago with her twin sons. She lived with extended family members in a cramped apartment in Brighton, while searching for a permanent home for her children. A friend referred Sara to CLT and although she was hesitant to move to an unfamiliar neighborhood, she was impressed by the responsiveness of CLT’s management staff and the spaciousness of the available apartment. Sara elected to move and quickly formed friendships with her neighbors. Her sons adjusted well to Lower Roxbury and excelled in academics and sports.  They are now attending college and serving in the military.


Sara appreciates many aspects of her apartment, especially its central location, the surrounding community, and CLT’s conscientious staff. “It is so convenient,” says Sara. “I’m close to public transportation, supermarkets, hospitals, parks, and places to run and bike. My sons go to a nearby gym when they’re home from school or on military leave. Wherever they need to go, they don’t need to go far.” Sara fondly remembers attending CLT-sponsored events with her children, including small concerts and garden cleanups. She also appreciates the bulletin boards present in every CLT property, notifying residents of local events, free activities, and volunteer opportunities. “Projects are important and one’s sense of community is important,” says Sara. “The bulletin boards help build community among residents.”


Sara values CLT’s holistic approach to the management of our properties and speaks highly of CLT’s in-house maintenance team. “I have friends who struggle to generate a response from their landlords regarding a maintenance problem. Jose [Director of Maintenance] and Robbie [Maintenance Worker] are great! They take the time to make sure everything is done right and they always let me know that they are available 24-7. People matter and CLT knows this.” Sara has built a beautiful home for her family in Lower Roxbury where she plans to reside for years to come.