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This Co-Living Space Is Designed For Women Of Color Breaking Into Tech

By Aimee Lutkin

Roxbury is a historically black neighborhood in Boston that has been faced with gentrification and rising housing prices, according to Fast Company. That means longtime residents are being pushed out. A company called SkyLab Boston, founded by two women named Carolle Nau and Brigitte Wallace, considered what else they could do to support women of color in their community, and strengthen the historic population's connection to Roxbury. 

SkyLab is a tech and business incubator, that works with small businesses on "community awareness and education to further economic development." They want to support people with ideas for businesses who don't necessarily have the training for things like logo design or setting up websites. Their work is supported by grants and institutions who want to see this kind of community-based innovation.

The next move was establishing a kind of launching pad in Roxbury. SkyLab purchased an old Victorian building on Nau's street and named it [G]Code House. Starting this year, it will be a 14-person residence for women of color. Residents will be given housing as they learn coding skills, work in internships in tech, and then eventually move on to jobs in the industry.