Mayor Martin J. Walsh today presented 12 community-based organizations with $400,000 in community benefits money for workforce development initiatives for Roxbury residents. The recipient organizations will provide such services as job training, internship placement, career mentoring, and ESOL instruction.

“All of these organizations make a difference in somebody’s life,” Mayor Walsh said. “It’s about creating opportunities for people to get jobs.”

Representatives from a dozen community-based organizations welcome Mayor Martin J. Walsh at the community benefits presentation at Sociedad Latina.

The community benefits money was generated by the development of the Melnea Hotel project at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street, just over a mile from the check presentation ceremony at Sociedad Latina.

“It’s really wonderful to have our development dollars come back to the city and our work with young people,” said Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina, which is using its community benefits funds to support 125 local youth with work readiness training, academic support, project-based learning, and internship placements.

In addition to contributing community benefits funds, the Melnea Hotel project will bring new jobs to the area. Christine Thomas of Colwen Hotels, which will manage the hotel, called Roxbury “our home and the home of our future employees.”

A community benefits check is presented to the Somali Development Center.

BPDA Director Brian Golden noted that the BPDA has been working to address the city’s need for jobs and affordable housing.

“That’s what these buildings do,” he said. “They play a profound role in the larger community.”

Since 2015, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has released community benefits funds via an open grant application process. In their applications, organizations must show how the funds will be used to directly serve the immediate neighborhood and make a measurable impact. So far, the open community benefits process has been used in South Boston, Allston/Brighton, and Fenway.

Golden lauded the community-based organizations in these neighborhoods and in Roxbury as “the beating heart of a neighborhood, the life-blood.”

See the table below for a complete list of organizations that received Roxbury community benefits.