MACDC has long advocated for a program like this, which can help close the state's yawning Racial Homeownership Gap. We expect MassHousing to launch the program before the end of the year.
MACDC and LISC Launch Energy Cohort: More than 30 people, including representatives from 18 CDCs, participated in the first reconvening of the MACDC/LISC Energy Cohort. This is the first formal energy partnership between the two organizations since we convened the CDCs several years ago as LISC launched its Green Retrofit Initiative. The Energy Cohort will reconvene 3-4 times per year on topics that reflect the fast-changing landscape of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Read more here.
What is Health Equity? MACDC recently hired Elana Brochin to lead our Health Equity efforts. But what does the term "health equity" even mean? Elana examines various definitions, then comes up with her own in this article.
MACDC, on September 10, submitted testimony in favor of "An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactions (H.1769)." This will enable cities and towns to assess a transfer on the sale of residential and commercial property with several significant exemptions (e.g. family transfers and owner-occupants) and with the projected revenue dedicated to a municipality's affordable housing trust fund.
MACDC Members meet with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley:
- Senator DiZoglio's amendment (#19) to line item 7002-0040 to increase the Small Business Technical Assistance program funding to $4 million;
- Senator Cyr and Senator DiZoglio's amendment (#845) to provide $5 million to recapitalize the Get the Lead Out Loan Program;
- Senator Crighton and Senator Lesser's amendment (#766) to increase funding for MassDevelopment's Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) to $1 million to enable the program to support neighborhood stabilization efforts;
- Senator Creem's amendment (#3) to raise the deeds recording fee from $20 to $50 to improve the state's match to communities from the CPA Trust Fund.
MACDC Lobby Day Draws Largest Crowd in Years: On April 25, more than 200 community developers representing 43 CDCs from across the Commonwealth came together for MACDC's Annual Lobby Day at the State House. CDC leaders met with dozens of legislators to push for our shared agenda, including increased funding for Small Business Technical Assistance, legislation to strengthen the Community Preservation Trust Fund, and a Four-Step Agenda for addressing our housing crisis. The MACDC Board of Directors also had the opportunity to meet with Governor Baker for over an hour.
- $3 million for SBTA - a 50% increase;
- $2 million for Urban Agenda program;
- $1 million for the TDI program, with $750,000 specifically allocated to neighborhood stabilization;
- $2.05 million for homeownership education and foreclosure prevention;
- $110 million for MRVP ($10 million increase);
- Increase in CPA Trust Fund money by raising mortgage recording fee from $20 to $50.
- MACDC announces Eastern Bank's intention to award $300k in grants for the third year through the Community Investment Tax Credit Program.
- Why is Boston Medical Center investing in affordable housing? This WBUR article, featuring MACDC's Joe Kriesberg, explains that health is not only determined by the type of healthcare individuals get, but the Social Determinants of Health as well.
Governor Baker signed legislation extending and expanding the Community Investment Tax Credit! The act authorizes $1.8 billion in capital funds for the preservation and production of affordable housing.
- MACDC's advocacy efforts paid dividends on June 14 when the Boston Planning and Development Agency voted to increase the City of Boston Linkage Fee by 8 percent. MACDC and its members worked with MAHA, the Job Training Alliance, and others to advocate for such an increase to provide more funding for affordable housing and job training programs that benefit Boston residents. The Linkage Program was first established in the 1980s to ensure that new large commercial real estate developments generate benefits for the larger community. The 8% increase accounts for recent inflation and is the largest possible increase under current law. MACDC and its allies will be advocating for a Home Rule petition in 2019 with the goal of giving the City of Boston the ability to adjust further adjust the fee to reflect changing market conditions.
- Joe Kriesberg hosted four housing and community development practitioners from the Czech Republic and Slovakia last month who were in Boston as part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). World Boston, a non-profit organization that hosts international visitors to this region, arranged the visit, so these practitioners could learn more about affordable housing, segregation, and economic development.
- This year, the Public Housing Training Program offered several rounds of our Resident Board Member training and has demoed the Resident Leader Training. We completed one round of the Resident Leader Training at Urban Edge in January. This May, we are offering it in Springfield. Our training was covered in the Springfield Housing Authority newsletter. Next, we will roll the training out statewide.
How can communities respond to the pressures of gentrification? Read Joe Kriesberg's "Strategies for Responding to Gentrification" in The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, for some ideas on how to address this growing issue.
- Move over apples - the Mel King Institute hosted a lunch last week for over a dozen MKI teachers. "Teachers are our Program - the face of MKI "said Shirronda Almeida, Director, Mel King Institute. The lunch was held with the Curriculum Committee, and the agenda included discussing the Instructor Survey, conducted by Diane Gordon. The report recommended a few ways to deepen relationships with MKI instructors and enhance training offerings. Many of the instructors present have trained with the Institute for four or more years.
- The Mass Smart Growth Alliance, of which MACDC is a member, worked with Reps. Steve Kulik and Sarah Peake to organize a joint letter from 81 state representatives calling on the House to pass comprehensive and balanced zoning reform legislation that would expand housing production while protecting our environment and promoting good land use practice.
The MACDC Boston Committee met with Boston Planning and Development Agency leadership earlier this month and had a detailed and substantive discussion about zoning, housing production, inclusionary development, linkage, and efforts to slow/stop displacement from our neighborhoods.
- MACDC's Suburban Housing Caucus brought together 8 organizations to discuss two case studies about the challenges of developing housing in suburban towns.
- Seven members of MACDC's Organizer Peer group went on a tour, led by Jake Lefker, Community Engagement Coordinator of the North Shore CDC of the Punto Urban Art Museum, a walkable (within three blocks), curated arts district within three blocks with dozens of murals in the Point Neighborhood of Salem.
- A team of MACDC Board and staff members traveled to Kansas City earlier this month to participate in our third and final two-day training session as part of the Neighborworks America Excellence in Governance program. Through the program, we are working to strengthen our board by engaging in more generative discussions about major issues, improving board orientation, building a deeper leadership pipeline, increasing our diversity and applying a racial equity lens to our decision making.
- A dozen MACDC members attended the May 23 MACDC Housing and Real Estate Peer Group meeting. At the meeting, development consultant Henry Joseph provided an update on the impact of recently passed federal tax law and budget bills on CDC real estate projects, including the new opportunities for income averaging in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects. Some members spoke about the challenges of combining LIHTC with New Market Tax Credits. The meeting concluded with "speed networking," where attendees had the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with several of their peers.
- MACDC continued its work with CHAPA, the Regional Housing Network, and Habitat to seek passage of legislation that would exempt employees of certain nonprofits who administer publicly funded loan programs (including housing rehabilitation and assistance to home buyers), from the licensing requirements for "mortgage loan originators". The MA Division of Banks (DOB) clarified in June 2017 that nonprofits were not exempt from these licensing requirements, however, DOB stated they will suspend enforcement of these licensing requirements for certain nonprofits until June 30, 2018, and are working with MACDC and its allies on exemption legislation.
- As part of our annual Lobby Day, the MACDC Board once again met with Governor Charlie Baker and his top aides. The Board took this opportunity to thank the Governor for his support of key MACDC priorities, including the Housing Bond Bill, the Community Investment Tax Credit, and the Small Business Technical Assistance program, while pushing him to support an increase in state matching funds for the Community Preservation Act.
- $803 Million - That's how much CDC's invested in their communities in 2017. That's just one of the findings in our 2017 GOALs report, which is now available. Learn more about what our members accomplished in 2017.
- MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, traveled to Baltimore on April 25 to join colleagues from CDC associations across the Northeast. The meetings were hosted by the National Alliance for Community Economic Development Associations and provided an opportunity to compare notes on our policy, capacity building, and research activities. "It's always interesting to see both how much we have in common and also how different community development can look from state to state," noted Kriesberg. "Of course, it's always the case that I return from such meetings with several new ideas to bring home!"
- Joe Kriesberg recorded a podcast for the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State (NPCNYS) on how Massachusetts CDCs use the Community Investment Tax Credit to Promote Affordable Housing and Community Development.
- Don Bianchi attended Valley CDC's 30th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month, here's his take on the festivities at his home-town CDC.
- To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act, our President, Joe Kriesberg, read The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Check out his review to find out why he considers this book to be "required reading for any serious community developer, affordable housing advocate, or frankly anyone interested in America's history. . . and America's future."
- Our Senior Organizer, Pam Bender, is visiting with members across the state to learn how we can make our 2018 Convention successful. At a recent meeting with The Neighborhood Developers, green communities, race conversations, residents working with the City, facilitation, gentrification, and working with the media, were some of the many topics their Community Enhancement Team suggested. Read more about Pam's visit with The Neighborhood Developers. Contact Pam Bender if you have ideas for our 2018 Convention.
Joe Kriesberg is part of a team from Boston that has been selected for the PolicyLink All-In Cities Anti-Displacement Policy Network. The Boston Team is comprised of leaders from ACE, Right to the City, MACDC the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and City Councilor Lydia Edwards. We will be working with teams from nine other cities to develop anti-displacement strategies for Boston neighborhoods.
MACDC joined with PolicyLink and 140 organizations from around the country to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development urging them to fully and immediately implement the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulations adopted in 2015.
- MACDC’s President, Joseph Kriesberg, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Determination of Need’s Community Health Initiative Statewide Fund (the CHI Fund) Advisory Committee. The CHI Fund is being created to deploy dollars generated when hospitals make large new capital investments that trigger a state requirement to invest in the fund. According to the Mass DPH, the Fund which is part of the larger Determination of Need program, seeks “to identify, understand and tackle the underlying and common social determinants of health (SDH). The DoN Health Priorities are (6) common SHD’s: Social Environment, Built Environment, Housing, Violence and Trauma, Employment and Education.”
- MACDC is a founding member of the Alliance for Community Health Integration, the 24 member strong coalition seeks to transform our health care system to address the social determinants of health. The coalition, led by the Massachusetts Public Health Association, launched in September 2017 has already had a significant impact in mobilizing and growing the movement.
Joe Kriesberg spoke about the Community Investment Tax Credit at the annual meeting of the Downtown Taunton Foundation annual meeting.
MACDC submitted testimony to the Jt Committee on Housing regarding the Governor's Housing Choice Legislation.
MACDC signed onto NCRC’s letter of recommendations to the Treasury Department regarding their review of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Click here to learn more about NCRC’s recommendations and to sign on to NCRC’s letter.
- MAPC launched the MetroFuture Regional Planning process with an External Advisory Committee of stakeholders. The goal is to update the plan for 2030. The nearly 40 Committee members include representatives of MAPC, City of Boston, local agencies, nonprofits, and funders. MACDC members include Meridith Levy, Scc, Angie Liou ACDC, Rosario Ubiera Minaya North Shore CDC and Barbara Chandler, Metro Boston Housing.
- In response to the Boston Globe Spotlight series' "Boston. Racism. Image. Reality." call for the need to support African-American-owned businesses, Joe Kriesberg's advocates for the Small Business Technical Assistance program as a highly effective program that has been supporting minority-owned businesses since 2006.
Shirronda Almeida participated in a roundtable forum at the Associated Grant Makers with local Nonprofit leaders to discuss racial equity in our nonprofits. Prentice Zinn’s article Racial Equity Starts from Within Nonprofits shares highlights from that conversation.
- MACDC and the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association (MMCA) have joined forces to launch the second phase of the Boston Pilot Program, a multi-year effort to expand opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses on CDC sponsored real estate projects. Phase 2 will build on the success of Phase 1 when six CDCs undertook 12 projects that collectively spent more than $54 million on MBEs and $11 million on WBEs, representing 36 percent and 7 percent of the total development costs. Phase 2 will grow the program to 10 CDCs, 29 projects and total development costs of $634 million. The goal of the program is for CDC projects to utilize MBEs for 30% or more of the project and WBEs for 10% or more of the project, including both hard and soft costs.
- MACDC hosted an important discussion last month on innovations in clean energy, including how CDCs can incorporate the latest technologies and systems in their real estate developments to reduce energy use and lower operating costs.
- The Mel King Institute Public Housing Training Program launched its Resident Leader training on November 6 at Urban Edge. Twenty residents from five Housing Authorities gathered to learn about new state regulations that impact resident participation and develop skills to build effective Local Tenant Organizations. MKI's Sarah Byrnes co-led the training with our partner Annette Duke from the Mass Law Reform Institute. Residents were highly engaged and eager to take their new skills and knowledge back home. The two-day training will wrap up on December 4 at Urban Edge.
- On November 1, MACDC testified before the Massachusetts House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets in support of our top legislative priority, H.3925, An Act Financing the Production and Preservation of Housing for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents, generally referenced as the Housing bond bill. This bill would authorize $1.7 billion in new capital funding and was reported out favorably in late September by the Joint Housing Committee. The bill also includes language to extend the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) through 2025 and gradually increases the program's annual cap from $6 to $12 million.
- MACDC is working with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance to campaign for Great Neighborhoods across the Commonwealth! Please sign this petition in support of housing choices for families and seniors, vibrant and walkable downtowns, and a development approach that preserves natural resources and protects us from climate change.
- MACDC joined with hundreds of others on November 1st at the State House to rally for criminal justice reform. After the State Senate passed a criminal justice reform bill, the Jobs Not Jails Coalition organized the rally after the State Senate passed a criminal justice reform bill to urge House members to do the same. The House subsequently passed legislation and the two branches have formed a conference committee to reconcile the differences.
- MACDC's Director of Communications, John Fitterer, was the lunchtime speaker of Western New England University's 56th Annual Tax Institute on Wednesday, November 15th. The focus of his presentation was the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program.
MACDC joined with community groups from around the state and the region on October 30 to celebrate the announcement of a new Community Benefits Agreement between the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Santander Bank. Under the agreement, Santander Bank has launched the Inclusive Communities Plan, a five-year effort to invest $11 billion in low and moderate income communities across their footprint. The plan calls for dramatic increases in mortgage lending, small business lending, community development investment and philanthropy.
MACDC is a long-standing member of NCRC and participated in meetings with the bank and NCRC to help shape the plan. We are excited to partner with Santander and NCRC to support the effective implementation of the exciting new plan.
- Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC): On November 1, the Massachusetts House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets held a hearing on H.3925, An Act Financing the Production and Preservation of Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents, generally referenced as the Housing bond bill, the $1.7 billion capital funding measure had been reported favorably in late September by the Joint Housing Committee and includes language to extend the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) through 2025 and gradually increases the program’s annual cap from $6 to $12 million. (You can read MACDC’s testimony here.)
- Federal Tax Legislation: On November 2, the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their initial draft of comprehensive tax legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. MACDC sent a letter to the Massachusetts Congressional delegation urging our leaders to take a careful look at this baseline proposal, in light of its potentially negative impact on Massachusetts’ taxpayers and especially upon low- and moderate-income families. The US House Committee on Ways and Means will begin its “markup” – formal, internal committee debate and amendment process – of the bill, Monday, November 6, 2017 and plan to wrap up the Committee consideration by Thursday. The speed consideration and pace of schedule befits a “bullet train,” and not clear whether the legislation will remain on track; House leadership wants the bill to clear the House before Thanksgiving, and Senate Republicans plan to release their tax proposal this week. The initial draft bill presents a lot of challenges for community development practitioners and the families in communities that we serve. For example, the TCJA preserves the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the 9% credit, even as it eliminates tax exemptions for private activity bonds and the 4% tax credit. TCJA also eliminates the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC), the Historic Tax Credit (HTC), phases-out/eliminates the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in six years, and its proposal to reduce further the corporate tax rate, from 35% to 20%, will seriously undermine the value of LIHTC investments. (Follow these links for more detailed analysis and key takeaways.)
- MACDC congratulates our own Shirronda Almeida, director of the Mel King Institute, on winning the 2017 Nancy Nye Memorial Award presented by the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development. Shirronda was honored for, among other reasons, the leadership role she has played in advancing racial equity within the community development field.
- The MKI Public Housing Training Program will offer its Resident Board Member training in Worcester, Franklin, Holyoke and Danvers over the next twelve months. Check melkinginstitute.org/publichousing for details. The Program is also developing a training for Resident Leaders about tenant participation which will be piloted in Boston in November.
- Joe Kriesberg was quoted in Tim Logan's article "Visa program offers promise to the poor - then breaks it" addressing challenges regarding the EB-5 visa program.
Congratulations to Joe Kriesberg as we recognize his 15 years as MACDC's President and CEO. On July 1, 2002, Joe became our President and CEO and since that time MACDC and its members have benefited from his leadership and dedication. Building on the platform built by previous MACDC leaders, Pat Libby and Marc Draisen, Joe instituted many new programs and initiatives, including our GOALs Report, our periodic Conventions, the Mel King Institute, the Community Development Innovation Forum and the Community Investment Tax Credit to name just a few. MACDC congratulates Joe on his years of service to this organization, its members and the people and places they serve.
MACDC calls on Governor to restore funding to the Small Business Technical Assistance program following the Legislature's decision to slash the program to just $750,000 per year, a cut of 62.5% from FY 2016.
The Community Preservation Act is an important funding stream used to finance historical preservation projects, watch Joe Kriesberg explain CPA and how CPA is being used in places like Beverly to keep history alive.
MACDC signs on to LISC Boston's letter to Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Judith Johnson advocating for higher compensation levels and the establishment of a mechanism for sharing savings through the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target ("SMART') solar incentive program.
MACDC expresses support and shared commitment to bill H.2308, S.791, An Act for Justice Reinvestment.
6/8/17 - MACDC submitted a letter to Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Karen Spilka and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Brian Dempsey addressing a few key community and economic development priorities for FY 2018's state budget.
5/2/17 - 200 people from 42 CDCs came together at the State House on May 2nd to make sure their legislators know how important the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) is to their communities. Over lunch, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay announced the latest CITC awards. In addition to visiting 112 legislators, MACDC members heard from Senator Spilka, Chairperson, Joint Committee on Ways and Means. Scroll through photos of the day on Facebook.
MACDC co-signs a letter to MBTA applauding wide range of ideas in the Proposed Transit-Oriented Development Policy and Guidelines and offers recommendations for ensuring affordable housing in all communities.
2/28/17 MACDC signed onto the Action Campaign that is "working to address our nation’s severe shortage of affordable rental housing by protecting, expanding and strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit."
2/15/17 At the MKI Public Housing Training Program, Sarah Byrnes has been gearing up for the launch of the first-ever training designed specifically for Resident LHA Board Members. The pilot training will be on March 2 in Norwood and will focus on network-building, confidence, and understanding the role of the LHA Board Member. On April 4, Day 2 of the training will focus on technical skills such as understanding an LHA Budget.
11/17/16 On election day MACDC staff, as part of a large force of volunteers, collectively spent 40 hours making sure voters knew to vote yes on Question 5 to pass the Community Preservation Act. Everyone’s tremendous effort paid off and the CPA passed with 73.64% of the vote.
11/15/16 Rachel has been meeting with CDCs and community members, collecting great stories for the GOALs Report. She's been on a farm, in a barber shop, in a youth art gallery, and most recently heard about a fair food distribution program.
11/04/16 MACDC staff have begun a series of meetings with key Administration officials (Housing & Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash) and legislative leaders and staff (Reps. Kulik, Kaufman, Sen. DiDomenico's staff) to advance the key planks of its 2017-18 policy agenda; Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) reauthorization, restored funding for the Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) Program and sufficient levels of resources for a five-year Housing Bond Bill.
10/6/16 Sarah Byrnes was recently hired to work as the Manager of the new Public Housing Training Program at the Mel King Institute. In response to The Local Housing Authority Act of 2014, this program will provide trainings for residents of public housing to support their full participation in the oversight of their housing developments. Starting in spring 2017, MKI will offer two types of trainings as part of this program. Stay tuned for more info as we launch this exciting initiative.
10/5/16 Fourteen MACDC members travelled to Greenfield, MA on October 5 for our quarterly Small Business Peer Group meeting where we were able to tour the Western Mass Food Processing Center. The Center continues to add new equipment and find new ways to help local farmers bring their products to market. We saw a local company making catalyst kombucha and we were able to taste some of the products during lunch including Fire Cider and sriracha.
9/20/16 David Bryant attended the Women's Institute's 35th Annual Meeting where Andrew DeFranza was awarded the 2016 Anne Gelbspan Partners in Community Award. Check out some photos from the event.
9/15/16 The Community Development Mentoring Program, concluded with a graduation lunch hosted at MassHousing. There were 54 participants in the 9 month program, representing a spectrum of community development careers, organizations and agencies. The Mentoring program is co-administered with CHAPA. Interested in mentoring? Recruitment for the next cycle starts in January 2017. For more information, please email Shirronda Almeida.
8/9/16 - MACDC and TD Bank co-hosted a focus group in Framingham with 16 CDCs from across the state to discuss the financial services needs of their communities and their organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to give input and feedback to TD Bank as they develop their community development and community investment programs for the next several years. The lively discussion covered a range of topics from the continued need for physical bank branches in low income communities, the need for culturally and linguistically competent staff, the need for products that can compete with predatory and expensive products already in the marketplace, and the need to provide intensive coaching and 1-1 support to lower income families and individuals as well as youth and young adults.
7/12/16 - MACDC and its members continue to be very active in the campaign to enact the Community Preservation Act in Boston. The campaign now has over 70 endorsing organizations, raised contributions and pledges totaling nearly $500,000, hired two field organizers, held training session for over 70 volunteers, and is planning its first major city-wide canvass for July 30. Mayor Walsh and 11 or the City’s 13 City Councilors have endorsed the effort and are working closely with the campaign to win in November. MACDC President Joe Kriesberg, who is serving as Chair of the Yes for a Better Boston Committee, was interviewed for a story on Boston CPA that aired recently on WGBH’s Greater Boston News Affairs program.
7/11/16 - Watch this WGBH video about the Community Preservation Act to learn more about this ballot initiative that will be presented to Boston voters in November.
5/25/16 - Shirronda Almeida was recognized by MAPC at their Annual meeting on May 25th for her service as MAPC Secretary from 2014-6 and Sustainable Communities Chair from 2012-4
4/5/16 - MACDC joined fellow members of the nonprofit, business and community planning sectors with the submission of comments to the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies focusing on "Harnessing the Power of Food Sector Entrepreneurs to Drive Economic Development."
4/5/2016 - MACDC Director of Advocacy, David Bryant, provided testimony to the Join Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies in support of an Act to Provide Opportunities for All (H.3983).
3/29/16 - MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, appeared on WBUR’s Radio Boston program to talk about the proposed adoption of the Community Preservation Act in Boston. You can listen to the 20 minute segment here.
3/29/16 - MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, provided testimony to the Boston City Council on the Community Preservation Act and MACDC’s members brought more than 30 people to the City Council Hearing on the Community Preservation Act(CPA) .
Carol Ridge-Martinez, Executive Director of the Allston Brighton CDC testified about how the CPA would help her organization preserve more affordable housing in Allston Brighton and keep long-time residents from being displaced.
3/29/16 - MACDC joined with the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) and other partners to co-sponsor an informational briefing at the State House on the Massachusetts Food Trust: from concept to impact. Elected officials, business leaders, and community partners were invited to learn how the Trust can create jobs, leverage private investment, and increase access to healthy food choices. Keynote remarks were delivered by Patricia Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Reinvestment Fund, a CDFI leading efforts in the design and management of healthy food financing initiatives in several states. Rep. Stephen Kulik, Senator Eileen Donoghue, Mayor Brian Arrigo of Revere, and MACDC Board member Dave Christopolis spoke to the potential program benefits for all communities across the Commonwealth.
3/28/16 - MACDC, along with other low income advocates, submitted a letter to the Solar Conference Committee expressing "concern about the legislative proposals to decrease the value of net metering credits for affordable housing and low income solar projects while retaining the "retail" net metering rate for private residential and small solar projects."
3/25/16 - MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, spoke at an Imagine Boston 2030 Forum at Boston College fielding questions from Panel Moderator Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR and the audience, Mr. Kriesberg talked about the importance of addressing our housing crisis, preparing for climate change, and restoring public confidence in our government institutions.
3/24/16 - On March 24, MACDC, as a member of the Building Blocks Coalition, sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter with recommendations for the FY17 Capital Budget.
3/2/16 - MACDC Policy Director, David Bryant, attended the formal release of the Special Senate Commissions on Housing report, "Facing Massachusetts' Housing Crisis." Led by Senate Housing Chair Linda Dorcena Forry and Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, the Committee report presents 19 recommendations, which were advanced by 11 working groups from more than 30 housing practitioners and organizations, including MACDC to formulate ideas, propose policy changes and vet the final document. You can view the final report here.
2/25/16 - MACDC invited six new CDC executive directors for a networking lunch in February. The EDs, whose tenure ranged from 10 months to three weeks, discussed their biggest challenges and shared ideas on how other CDCs could ensure smooth ED transistions. The participants found the lunch so useful they set up a date for another one.
2/24/16 - MACDC participated in the final formal meeting of Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Working Group on Reducing the Racial Wealth Gap in Greater Boston. During the past six months, MACDC has joined with several CDCs, businesses, nonprofits, NGOs and policy makers in an active partnership of facilitated discussions and strategy planning to address the underlying dynamics of regional wealth disparity, and we will join a small subgroup of members to draft and refine a group report.
2/23/16 Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and its members joined with Senator Mike Rodrigues, Representative Chris Walsh, to present a Brownfields Redevelopment Fund briefing to legislators and staff. Secretary Jay Ash and MassDevelopment President Marty Jones were the principal speakers
2/2/16 - MACDC's Director of Advocacy, David Bryant, testified today to the Joint Committee on Housing of Massachusetts General Court concerning the importance of the Comprehensive Permit Law – also known as Ch. 40B or the Affordable Housing Law.
1/21/16 Check out what MACDC and our colleagues in the Building Blocks Coalition are advocating in these FY2017 state budget priorities for affordable housing and homelessness prevention.
12/22/2015 MACDC submitted a letter to Governor Baker today encouraging him to increase funding from $2 million to $2.5 million for the Commonwealth's Small Business Technical Assistance program run by the Mass Growth Capital Corporation.
12/17/2015 MACDC signed onto MassCreative's letter to MBTA General Manager DePaola and Department of Transportation Secretary Pollack requesting that the Integral Arts Program is reinstated.
12/15/2015 MACDC comments on the 2016 draft Qualified Allocation Plan for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program run by DHCD.
12/2/2015 MACDC submitted a letter concerning the upcoming DHCD rental round and community-scale projects to Chrystal Kornegay, DHCD Undersecretary.
11/19/2015 - MACDC submitted a letter to Sen. Eileen Donoghue and Rep. Joseph Wagner, the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, commending Secretary Ash and his staff at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) for its draft comprehensive economic development plan.
11/9/2015 MACDC submitted a letter to the Massachusetts' Congressional Delegation concerning THUD funding in FY 2016.
11/9/2015 Shirronda Almeida and Kavya Sekar of The Mel King Institute participated in the PolicyLink Equity Summit from October 27-29 in Los Angeles with a cohort from Massachusetts. The delegation of 25 community development professionals was supported by Boston LISC and the Barr Foundation. The delegation included the Mass Smart Growth Alliance, MAPC, Nuestra CDC, CED- SM, Codman Square NDC, Boston Tenants Council, City Life Vida Urbana and Mattapan United. Participants spent three days attending workshops on topics such as the Racial Wealth Gap and community tours, visiting locations such as the Watts Towers and Arts Center. The summit had 3,000 participants from across the county engaged in advancing equity, racial and economic justice. Shirronda and Kavya hope to continue to draw upon what they learned at the summit to facilitate learning and innovation through The Mel King Institute in order to advance the work of Massachusetts community organizations.
10/28/2015 MACDC signed a letter along with numerous nonprofit, academic and religious leaders requesting that the Commonwealth lift the net metering caps.
10/23/2015 MACDC submitted a letter to Governor Baker requesting that he sign into law H.3673 An Act relative to the transfer of certain funds to be credited to the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund (HPSTF) for fiscal year 2016.
10/19/2015 MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, released a statement applauding the Baker-Polito Administration's new Real Estate Leveraging (REAL) Strategy.
10/14/2015 David Bryant, MACDC's Director of Advocacy, testified in support of increasing Boston's Linkage Fees at a Boston City Council Committee on Economic Development and Planning and Labor meeting.
9/22/2015 David Bryant, MACDC's Director of Advocacy, testified in support of H.2540 An Act relative to low-income housing tax credits.
9/16/2015 Joe Kriesberg, MACDC's President, will receive the CHAPA's Community Service Award this year at their Annual Dinner on October 27th along with Judy Jacobson from MHP and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Affordable Housing Program.
9/15/2015 MACDC's Director of Advocacy submitted testimony today in Support of An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities (S.122).
9/12/2015 MACDC’s Boston Committee recently sat down with the Boston Housing Authority to discuss their emerging strategy for leveraging Boston’s strong housing market to renovate and improve some of the City’s public housing developments into high quality mixed income communities where lower income families can live in stable, safe, affordable housing. Many CDCs are interested in partnering with the BHA on this exciting initiative to help ensure that low income tenants are not displaced and are able to fully integrate into their changing communities.
8/28/2015 Kavya Sekar and Rosa Nin visited Codman Square and participated in a lovely neighborhood tour.
Pictured below, in order from left to right, are Kavya Sekar and Rosa Nin.
8/27/2015 David Bryant made “learning journeys” to the Cape and Central Mass to meet with members (CDP and Quaboag Valley CDC) and see and hear about their local economic development efforts, opportunities and challenges.
8/18/2015 MACDC staff member John Fitterer attended Housing Corporation of Arlington’s CITC Donor Appreciation Breakfast. This was a great event that highlighted not only past achievements, but the future projects of the CDC and why their work continues to be so critical for low- and moderate-income residents of Arlington.
8/18/2015 MACDC conducted an in-person CITC Peer Group meeting at SMOC’s office in Framingham for over 45 CDC staff members. The CITC Peer Group was followed up with a training by DHCD on the new online CITC Form.
8/13/2015 & 9/2/2015 MACDC's Don Bianchi participated in in two subgroup meetings of the Preservation Advisory Committee, a group convened by CEDAC to address preservation issues. At these meetings, participants discussed strategies for funding expiring mortgage properties, and potential regulatory changes to Chapter 40T.
9/1/2015 Joe Kriesberg participated in a meeting of the City of Boston’s Small Business Development Advisory Council to help the City formulate its strategy for helping local businesses grow and thrive.
9/1/2015 Joe Kriesberg attended Mass Development’s Brownfield Advisory Group meeting on September 1 where they discussed recent grants and loans made across the Commonwealth to clean up contaminated land so it can be developed for jobs and homes. Mr. Kriesberg was recently appointed to the Advisory Group by Speaker Robert DeLeo.
8/6/2015 - The Mel King King Institute hosted with CHAPA a breakfast forum, "What do the Supreme Court Ruling on Disparate Impact and HUD’s Final Rule Mean for Fair Housing?" This session was considered to be excellent and to provide the depth and necessary discourse for all attending to have a greater understanding of the SCOTUS and HUD rulings and how they will impact our field and the communities in which we work. CHAPA has published online the presentation materials, as well as additional reference material and resources. The Mel King Institute, along with CHAPA and MACDC, look forward to continuing this conversation and learning more about the impact these rulings will have on our work.
Pictured below, in order from left to right, are forum moderator, Charlotte Golar Richie and panelists David Harris, Henry Korman, Deborah Goddard and Joe Kriesberg.
- MACDC's Director of Advocacy, David Bryant, attended the bill signing by Governor Baker for the increase to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This was a campaign for which we advocated and we're thrilled to be at the successful signing of this critical legislation that will support many of the residents with whom our member's work.
- MACDC submitted a letter to Secretary Ash regarding Economic Development Policy Recommendations
- MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, in a Boston Globe article today stated that Boston should increase their linkage fees to be on par with Cambridge.
- MACDC submitted a letter to Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo, and President of the Senate, Stanley Rosenberg, opposing Governor Baker's reallocation of lead paint abatement funds.
- MACDC president Joe Kriesberg travelled to Washington, DC on July 23 to meet with Congressman Michael Capuano, as well as with staff from the offices of Senators Warren and Markey and with a staff person from Rep. Richard Neal’s office. Kriesberg thanked them for their support on a wide range of critical issues, including HUD funding for CDC capacity building (so-called Section 4 funding), Low income housing tax credits, New Market Tax Credits, HOME and other programs.
- MACDC's President, Joe Kriesberg, was in New York attending a meeting of NACEDA's Eastern Caucus.
- MACDC held a day-long Board retreat focusing on the "geography of opportunity," the impact place has on economic and other major community outcomes, as well holding a valuable dialogue on income and wealth inequality. In both major topics for the day, the conversation not only discussed these challenges, but also how CDCs can help address them.
- MACDC submitted a letter to DHCD regarding the Community Scale Production Program.
- MACDC's Director of Advocacy, David Bryant, testified in support of an Act relative to community benefits districts (H.144)
- MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, was quoted in a Boston Globe article today, "In Boston, a surge in affordable housing," highlighting the continued need for even more affordable housing development.
- MACDC's President, Joe Kriesberg, spoke at an CITC information session hosted by Harborlight Community Partners
- MACDC hosted the Mel King Instiute 6th Anniversary Breakfast at Hibernian Hall.
- Recently MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe in response to an earlier article discouraging the use of Massachusetts state tax credits. In the article, he encouraged readers to consider the Community Investment Tax Credit as a prime example of how tax credits can improve neighborhoods across the Commonwealth.
MACDC Intern, Sarah Murphy Gray, recently moderated a panel featuring civil rights activist and legislator Julian Bond about mass incarceration, homeownership and financial stability. Read more on the panel here.
- MACDC recently received renewed funding from the Citi Foundation to support our member services activities, as well as our ongoing work understanding and promoting the positive public health outcomes of community development.
- MACDC participated in a “Think Tank Roundtable” on how to promote cross sector collaboration between the arts, culture & creative sector with other fields such as the environment, human services, education and community development. The roundtable was hosted by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, MASSCreative and StageSource and prompted a range of ideas for things that could bring multiple sectors together in mutually beneficial ways. The conversation is part of a longer process of strategic thinking, outreach and planning by the Arts sector designed to prompt some new programmatic and policy initiatives.
- Joe Kriesberg will be moderating a panel at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Tuesday, February 3rd, from 3:30-5:30pm. The panel, "Solutions: New Thinking About Dilemmas of Economic Opportunity", will discuss tough subjects around housing opportunities like micro-housing. RSVP today by emailing Roxanne Reddington-Wilde at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-348-6464.
- MACDC recently gathered with The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Hartford, Connecticut to share ideas and collaborate with other CDC Associations on best practices. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island were all represented as Joe Kriesberg presented to the group on the impact of health on communities. Associations also spoke on their greatest achievements and challenges of the past year, and were able to brainstorm on how to address these challenges moving forward.
- MACDC and its members met with the Division of Banks to discuss refinements to the Chapter 206 Foreclosure Prevention and Homeownership Education program administered by DOB. MACDC helped win enactment of the program in 2007 as part of a comprehensive anti-foreclosure program created at that time. For the past several years, the program has provided stable funding to CDCs and other nonprofits that provide foreclosure prevention and homeownership education services. With the foreclosure crisis hopefully abating (at least to some degree) MACDC discussed with DOB how the program can evolve to meet the changing needs of our communities. MACDC expects approximately $1.5 million to be available in 2015.
- MACDC joined with the Mass. Public Health Association and other advocates last month to discuss how to ensure the full implementation and funding of the newly enacted Massachusetts Food Trust Program, designed to bring healthy food to underserved communities. The program would provide capital to Community Development Financial Institutions so they can support local food enterprises and health food retailers.
- MACDC's Boston Committee met with Mayor Walsh's housing director, Sheila Dillon, to discuss how CDCs can help implement the Mayor's new Housing plan: Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030.
- Shirronda Almeida Participates in MassDEP’s Speaker Series: On Tuesday August 5th, Shirronda Almeida was a guest speaker for MassDEP’s Commissioner’s Summer Speaker Series. Speaking to 20 staff members and summer interns, Shirronda shared details about the Mel King Institute’s work, her tenure as chair of MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium, and the State of Equity in Metro Boston event that MKI co-sponsored. This is the fourth year of the Summer Speaker Series, which runs from June to August.
- Last week, MACDC met with staff from the Mass Cultural Council, MAPC and Mass Creative to learn more about each organization’s vision, ideas and overall direction concerning arts and comprehensive community development. MACDC is beginning to not only learn more about how arts can significantly contribute to establishing, revitalizing and preserving the culture and identity of a community, but how we may be able to help lead an increased focused on the value of the arts in our communities. We know that the arts create new opportunities for people to connect, create community and foster collaboration. Is there an intentional effort or strategy that MACDC can address with our members to help initiate and drive additional understanding and action regarding the intersection of arts and community development? We invite you to share your thoughts with us, and we will keep you posted as we learn more.
- MACDC held a Real Estate Summit in Framingham on July 22nd, attended by 30 people from 23 MACDC Member organizations. Prior to holding the Summit, MACDC distributed a survey on real estate development priorities, and received responses from 20 organizations. All told, 28 Member organizations provided input into MACDC’s real estate priorities through either completing the survey or attending the Summit, or both. MACDC was ably assisted by Louise Elving from VIVA Consulting in planning and facilitating the Summit. Despite the broad breadth of real estate development activities our Members undertake, our Members were able to reach general agreement on some key real estate development priorities for MACDC’s advocacy over the next couple of years. There was strong support expressed for the following issues, listed below. This input is one key part of the process MACDC is currently undergoing in developing our advocacy agenda for 2015 and 2016. We will also be meeting with allies, funders and others in the coming months to talk about these issues.
Continued funding for LIHTC projects.
A set aside of new funds for small-scale rental projects, to be considered in a funding round separate from tax credit projects.
Additional funding for homeownership projects.
Additional funding for supportive housing (including project-based rental subsidy and, when needed, program money for services) - for ELI/homeless populations, and perhaps for other populations as well.
Additional funds for the State low-income housing tax credit.
- On July 16, MACDC and CEDAC co-sponsored a workshop for MACDC Members on preservation transactions. At the workshop, attended by representatives from 19 MACDC Member organizations, Andrew Kerivan from Madison Park Development Corporation and Andrew DeFranza from Harborlight Community Partners teamed with CEDAC to explain how MACDC Members can acquire properties in need of preservation. They spoke about how Members can identify opportunities, negotiate with owners and acquire the properties, and the State policies and regulations that apply to such transactions.
- Last week, MACDC joined with the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) and other leaders from the Homeownership Action Network (HAN), including two dozen past and prospective homebuyers affiliated with MAHA, to meet with Sheila Dillon from the City of Boston to discuss how the City can support first-time homebuyers. Among HAN’s recommendations is to require those banks who want to participate in the City of Boston’s down payment assistance program to offer the One Mortgage Loan provided by Massachusetts Housing Partnership. One Mortgage is the most affordable mortgage product on the market for homebuyers with below average incomes. HAN also recommended that the City create a Homeownership Advisory Committee to guide its efforts to support low- and moderate-income families to buy and sustain homeownership. Ms. Dillon was very receptive to these ideas and agreed to continue working to refine and implement strong policies in support of homeowners.
- The Mel King Institute hosted the first meeting of the Gentrification Working Group at Northeastern University this week, launching a year-long process of collective learning about the causes, impacts and potential responses to gentrification. With leadership from LISC, and funding from the Barr Foundation and Neighborworks America, the King Institute has hired the Interaction Institute for Social Change to facilitate the process. Forty practitioners representing a wide array of community activists, community developers, researchers and government officials were selected to participate in the learning group, ensuring broad diversity across sector as well as race and gender. The process will begin with participants engaging in a “question campaign” where we seek to gather questions about gentrification from our colleagues, neighbors and constituents. These questions will then guide our learning process. The group also plans to host public forums and discussions to enable a broader cross section of people to participate in the process.
- At a recent Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) event, MACDC President Joe Kriesberg spoke to South Coast Today about the CITC program, the benefit of the tax credits and how this program will help CDCs improve their local communities. Read the article and watch the video with Joe on South Coast Today's website.
- Community Development Mentors Needed: The Alliance's Mentoring Program is looking for community development professionals to be mentors. Interested individuals should contact Shirronda Almeida at MACDC. More information is available on our website.
- Nixon Peabody's Evelyn Moreno Highlights Community Investment Tax Credit Community Impact & Tax Savings: In a recent article shared on our website, Nixon Peabody's Evelyn Moreno outlined the benefits of the CITC program, emphasizing how can participants can make a difference while securing a tax credit. Read the full article here.
- MACDC Joined MAPC for Public Art Forum: MACDC staff recently participated in a forum sponsored by MAPC, which promoted the role of public art in developing strategies for community building. The forum introduced MACDC to new partners and best practices.
- Gubernatorial Forum on Housing a Success: On July 9th, MACDC joined CHAPA and other allies for a governor candidate's forum, attended by six candidates, on housing and community development. Tweets from the event can be found under the #Housing4Gov hashtag.
- MACDC President On Making Campaigns Matter: Joe Kriesberg recently wrote an op-ed column which outlines the importance of engaging the gubernatorial candidates during this election year. Kriesberg also urges CDCs and nonprofits to get involved and play a part in shaping the solutions to Massachusetts' challenges. Read the full op-ed on our website's News Section.
- MACDC Announces the Release of Its 2014 GOALs Appendix: The appendix includes detailed information on the 2013 accomplishments of 65 MACDC Members in six categories: leaders, homes, jobs, small business assistance, families, and investment. The Appendix, with its detailed tables and charts, supplements the recently-released 2014 GOALs Report, which highlighted the stories behind these accomplishments. The Appendix also includes pipeline projections for real estate development through 2017, and a comprehensive register of historical real estate projects dating back to 1972. Click here to full the full report and appendix.
- Mel King Institute Launches New Peer Group: Following up to the Institute's popular Supervision Seminar, MKI has launched a new Supervisors Peer Group, providing support to and sharing best practices with supervisors of all levels of experience. For more information, visit the MKI website.
- MACDC and LISC Meet with Western MA Members: On June 24th, representatives from LISC traveled to Northampton to meet with the nine of MACDC’s Western Massachusetts Members, who collectively represent a region that covers from Springfield to Ware to Chesterfield to Great Barrington. These organizations came to hear Bob Van Meter and four of his LISC colleagues talk about their new statewide initiatives, in their role as a Community Support Organization under the Community Investment Tax Credit Program. This includes the potential for new resources, including a soon to be launched Transit Oriented Development Fund to provide predevelopment and acquisition funding, planning grants to help CDCs implement their Community Investment Plans, and the potential opportunity for Rural LISC to select additional CDC Program Partners.
- MACDC Joins Coalition in Opposing the Gas Tax Repeal: MACDC has come together with Transportation for Massachusetts and a coalition of other public safety, civic and advocacy organizations to oppose a ballot question that would repeal the gas tax indexing. A full article about the coalition is available on the News section of the MACDC website.
- MACDC President Speaks at 8th Annual MA Housing Institute: Joe Kriesberg provided a housing updated on state and federal policies and programs at the 8th Annual Massachusetts Housing Institute, a two-day training offered by the Mel King Institute and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
- Deadline for the Community Development Mentoring Program is June 16: Those interested in the community development mentoring program should complete the online form prior to June 16th. For more information about The Alliance program, administered by MACDC and CHAPA, click here.
- MACDC Joined the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network for Online Campaign: On Monday, June 9th, MACDC joined nonprofits across the state to participate in the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's Nonprofit Awareness Day. The day-long event was preceded by a social media campaign that emphasized use of the hashtag #nonprofitsmakesense.
- Mel King Institute Leads Course on Community Walking Tours: In early June, the Mel King Institute conducted a training that instructed organizations on how to create walking tours of their communities and how to engage residents to lead them. Visit the website for more information about MKI's courses.
- On July 9, 2014, MACDC will join CHAPA and other community organizations for a candidate forum on Housing and Community Development. Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates will be asked to share their thoughts and plans for investing in safe and affordable homes in vibrant communities where households can be productive, healthy, and successful. The event will take place at Faneuil Hall, from 2 PM to 4 PM. Registration is required and you can suggest questions for the candidates when you register. Questions? Email Rachel at CHAPA.
- MACDC President Speaks About the "Future of CDCs:" Joe Kriesberg recently spoke on a panel about the "Future of CDCs" at the Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity Conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where he emphasized the enduring value of having accountable, resident-led community based organizations that can implement tangible projects and programs. Going forward, he noted that CDCs must retain and deepen their community roots, while consistently delivering high quality programs and projects. To hear a podcast of the panel, click here.
- MACDC's Director of Membership Initiatives Emcees MAPC Meeting: On May 21st, Shirronda Almeida acted as emcee for Metropolitan Area Planning Council's final Sustainable Communities Consortium meeting. Almeida, who is the chair of the Sustainable Communities Steering Committee, introduced current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan as the keynote speaker. The event also included a project display competition, where teams with MACDC members Somerville Community Corporation and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation took home prizes. Visit MAPC's website for more details about the Sustainable Communities Consortium. A video of the meeting is available on YouTube.
- MACDC Launches New Peer Group for Financial Professionals: MACDC is convening a new peer group for the finance and accounting employees of our member organizations. These hardworking and dedicated staff members often work behind the scenes, helping to ensure their organization keeps moving forward. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 9 AM to 11 AM at the MACDC offices in Boston. For more information, contact Pam Bender.
- Mel King Institute Offered CITC Messaging Course: On April 29, 2014, the Mel King Institute held a course on crafting unique communications to help CDCs stand out and attract CITC donors. Sponsored by NeighborWorks with instructors from the Executive Service Corps, the course covered best practices for effective messaging, branding, positioning and identifying target audiences. To view upcoming courses and trainings, visit the MKI website.
- MACDC Holds Meeting to Discuss 2015-2016 Advocacy Agenda: On May 7th, MACDC held the first of many meetings planned with members to discuss MACDC’s advocacy and policy agenda for 2015-2016. Senior Policy Advocate Don Bianchi explained the central role MACDC members play is setting MACDC’s policy agenda, including our recent success in passing legislation that created the Community Investment Tax Credit. Valley CDC Board and staff members highlighted several issues that MACDC should focus on, from funding for housing and small business programs to the need for community education on the importance of affordable housing. Read more about MACDC's advocacy efforts on our website.
- MACDC Joins First Meeting for Rural Housing Initiative Advisory Committee: On May 15th, MACDC joined four MACDC members and other rural housing practitioners in Worcester at the first Advisory Committee Meeting of Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s Rural Housing Initiative. MHP launched this initiative in late 2013 to explore and highlight rural housing issues in the Commonwealth and propose realistic legislative and programmatic solutions. MACDC"s Don Bianchi has been involved in the Steering Committee, which has framed the issues, overseen research, and identified the members of the broader Advisory Committee. MACDC and its members will help frame the recommendations to policy-makers that are anticipated to be finalized this summer. Click here for more information about MHP.
- MACDC Participates in LISC Roundtable on Energy Efficiency Initiatives: On May 22nd, Joe Kriesberg and Don Bianchi from MACDC participated in a roundtable discussion on energy efficiency in affordable housing, organized by Boston LISC. Tina Halfpenny, Director of Energy Efficiency at the MA Department of Energy Resources, gave an overview of the MA utility ratepayer-funded efficiency programs. After her presentation, meeting participants, including representatives from the State’s public and quasi-public housing agencies, discussed how to better access these resources, especially as projects are being refinanced. The group also discussed how to best provide input to the State as it begins developing its next three-year plan for energy efficiency, for the years 2016-2018. Boston LISC's website has more information about their programs.
- Moving MA Forward: A Gubernatorial Forum on Transportation & Smart Growth: Join Transportation for Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, Livable Streets Alliance and the Kendall Square Association, on June 4, 2014, for a candidate's forum to find out where the Massachusetts gubernatorial contenders stand on transportation and smart growth issues. Paul McMorrow, Associate Editor at Commonwealth Magazine, and Doug Foy, CEO of Serrafix, will moderate the forum. The forum will take place from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Copley branch (700 Boylston Street). Seating is first come, first serve. To register for tickets, visit the forum's Event Brite page. Have questions you’d like the candidates to answer? Email them to Jamie@livablestreets.info or tweet your questions to @StreetsBoston, #MovingMAForward.
2014 Lobby Day - A Focus on Small Business at the State House: On Wednesday, April 16th, MACDC held its Annual Lobby Day at the State House with over 200 CDC board members, staff and community supporters joining us for meetings with elected officials and a lunchtime speaking program. Continue...
- MACDC Releases Preliminary GOALs Results for 2013: The MACDC GOALs Initiative highlights the annual achievements of our members in six categories of community development. Results are aggregated from a comprehensive annual, web-based survey, in order to record significant trends and accomplishments over time. Continue...
- CITC Information Breakfast: MACDC hosted a Community Investment Tax Credit information breakfast at the Boston College Club on Thursday, April 17th. Over 40 people attended the breakfast to learn more the tax credit and how they can help make the program a success. Learn more about the Community Investment Tax Credit.
- MACDC Member Advocacy Helps Secure over 25 Co-sponsors to Peake Amendment: MACDC and its members worked quickly over a 48-hour period, concluding on Friday, April 11th, to secure over 25 co-sponsors for Rep. Sarah Peake's proposed amendment to the House FY 2015 state budget that would provide $2 million for the Small Business Technical Assistance Program. The Peake Amendment would provide critically needed funding for one of the state's most successful economic development programs, the Small Business Technical Assistance Program administered by the Mass. Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). Last year, the program served over 900 businesses at a cost of less than $1,000 per business, while helping to create or preserve over 800 jobs. The Amendment will be considered by the House of Representatives during its debate on the FY 2015 budget during the week of April 28.
- MACDC President Joe Kriesberg moderated a panel on Gateway Cities at a conference sponsored by the Joint Center on Housing at Harvard University: Check out video from the event (full length, orPart 1: Welcome & Keynote, Part 2: Panel 1, Part 3: Panel 2 & Wrap-up).
- MACDC and its members worked quickly over a 48-hour period to secure over 25 co-sponsors for Rep. Sarah Peake’s proposed amendment to the House FY 2015 state budget that would provide $2 million for the Small Business Technical Assistance Program. The Peake Amendment would provide critically needed funding for one of the state's most successful economic development programs, the Small Business Technical Assistance Program administered by the Mass. Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). Last year, the program served over 900 businesses at a cost of less than $1,000 per business, while helping to create or preserve over 800 jobs. The Amendment will be considered by the House of Representatives during its debate on the FY 2015 budget during the week of April 28.
- MACDC Releases Preliminary GOALs Results for 2013
- MACDC conducted two briefing calls to prepare our members to advocate for the Small Business Technical Assistance Program, the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, the Mass. Rental Voucher Program and other key priorities at our Lobby Day on April 16th
- MACDC has begun working with MHP and other stakeholders on building a strategy for expanding the development of affordable housing in our state’s rural communities. Stay tuned for more information as we begin to develop policy and practice recommendations.
- The Mel King Institute for Community Building conducted a class on April 4th, "Engaging Constituents for Community Impact" for 18 participants
- MACDC's President, Joe Kriesberg, spoke at the Partners for Housing Conference on April 7 at Clark University on the role that CDCs and community based organizations play in the larger affordable housing “eco-system.”
- MACDC's Director of Communications, John Fitterer, presented at NeWire's luncheon on Friday, April 11th about the Community Investment Tax Credit
- MACDC's President, Joe Kriesberg, presented the Community Investment Tax Credit program on Martha's Vineyard on Saturday, April 12th at Island Housing Trust's Annual Meeting
- MACDC hosted a CITC networking lunch in Western Mass with Quaboag Valley CDC, Springfield NHS, Valley CDC, Hilltown CDC and Franklin County CDC. The lunch was attended by close to 30 people representing prospective donors or prospective donors themselves to learn more about the CITC program.
- On Friday, March 28, MACDC and our board met with Attorney General Martha Coakley to learn more about her priorities as a Gubernatorial candidate and to discuss with her issues such as comprehensive community development and affordable housing shortgages in the Commonwealth.
- MACDC's President, Joe Kriesberg, joins Boston Mayor's Affordable Housing Task Force. Check out the Boston Globe article: "Mayor launches task force to tackle lack of affordable housing"
- MACDC launched a supervisors peer group on March 28 at Madison Park DC. This new peer group is another service we are providing for our members as we work with them to increase their staff's skills and each organization's capacity overall.
MACDC President Joe Kriesberg was on the speaking circuit this past week. On Monday, he spoke on a panel discussing the Geography of Opportunity at National Conference for the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, which was being held in Boston. On Tuesday, he was the featured speaker at the Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting; and on Wednesday, he spoke to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central Massachusetts about the Community Investment Tax Credit.
MACDC joined with hundreds of community investment advocates to attend the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s Annual Policy Conference in Washington, DC. A delegation from Massachusetts met with Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill to push for strong affordable housing provisions in the proposed Housing Finance Reform legislation being considered in the Senate. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was the keynote speaker at NCRC’s Capitol Hill Luncheon and received a rousing ovation for her strong advocacy on this issue.
MACDC also participated in a day-long strategic planning retreat for the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA). NACEDA is seeking to expand its national partnerships and deepen its support for local and state associations.
On Thursday, March 6th, Jennifer Gabriel and Matt Wally from TD Bank stopped by to present MACDC with a grant award!
- The Mel King Institute for Community Building conducted two trainings this week: 1) Demystifying CDC Financial Statements; 2) Community Land Trusts.
- MACDC convened its Community Organizer's Peer Group for an in-depth discussion on their work and applied best practices
MACDC signed on to a letter with our colleagues at the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations in response to proposed changes to the IRS regulations governing the so-called political activity of nonprofit organizations. While the proposed regulations pertain only to 501c4 organizations, the IRS explicitly indicates that these regulations could be extended to 501c3 organizations like MACDC and CDCs. Our concern is that the draft regulations could severely limit the ability of nonprofit organizations to participate in non-partisan voter education and mobilization efforts, thereby leaving voter education largely to partisan organizations and political parties and private corporations.
MACDC members met with two more candidates for Governor this week: Evan Falchuk from the United Independent Party and Don Berwick, from the Democratic Party. Both discussions focused on how state government plays an important role in supporting and facilitating community economic development. Both candidates agreed to participate in a Gubernatorial Candidate’s Forum at the MACDC Convention on October 25 if they are on the final ballot.
On February 26, MAPC held its Winter Council meeting at the Colonnade Hotel where Shirronda Almeida, Chair of the Sustainable Communities Steering Committee and MAPC Gubernatorial representative, moderated a panel highlighting projects across the region. Of the six projects featured, two included MACDC members: Somerville Community Corporation on Managing Neighborhood Change and North Shore CDC’s Neighborhood Vision and Action Plan for Salem’s Point Neighborhood.
MACDC is in discussions with DHCD and a wide range of affordable housing stakeholders to develop strategies for reducing the cost of affordable housing development, with the goal of building more homes with available subsidies. MACDC Members are providing their feedback and ideas into this process.
MACDC is working with MHP and other stakeholders on building a strategy for expanding the development of affordable housing in our state’s rural communities. Stay tuned for more information as we begin to develop policy and practice recommendations.
MACDC was at the State House for the 2014 Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) Cookie Day co-sponsored by Rep. Kevin Honan and Senator Jamie Eldridge. Along with a large group of MRVP tenants, folks from homeless shelters and advocates MACDC engaged legislators to fund MRVP at $87.5 million so that 2,000 additional families can afford housing.
On Thursday, February 27th, Joe Kriesberg, Shirronda Almeida, and Pam Bender discussed their trip to Cuba last December with a group of community development professionals. Nine of the 20 people who went to Cuba shared their experiences and heard from others who have been to Cuba.
- MACDC continued to work with the Department of Revenue and the Department of Housing and Community Development to prepare for the formal launch of the Community Investment Tax Credit program in Massachusetts. The first round of tax credit allocations are expected to be announced within the next few weeks and both agencies are now finalizing the forms, procedures and regulations that will ensure the smooth and proper implementation of the tax credit. Look for some more exciting announcements very soon!
- MACDC received a significant grant award from the Citi Foundation! MACDC's Board & Staff thank Citi for the their continued support of our work.
- MACDC has launched its campaign to secure $2 million in state funding for the Small Business Technical Assistance program. Last year the program served 910 entrepreneurs around the state and created or preserved over 800 jobs.
- MACDC and its partners in the Brownfields Coalition are very pleased that the Legislature has voted to include $15 million in the Supplemental Budget to partially recapitalize the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund. While additional funding will be necessary, this is an important step forward that will allow many critical projects to move forward.
- MACDC’s Board of Directors has begun meeting with candidates running to be the next Governor of Massachusetts. So far we have met with Juliette Kayyem, Steve Grossman and Charles Baker. We have meetings coming up soon with Don Berwick, Evan Falchuk, and Martha Coakley. The discussions have been very informative for both us and the candidates, and have provided us with an opportunity to personally invite the candidates to attend the MACDC Convention on October 25 where we plan to have a forum with those candidates who are on the final ballot.
- MACDC’s President Joe Kriesberg recently completed his work as co-leader of Mayor Martin Walsh’s Housing Transition Team when he and co-team leader, Vanessa Calderon Rosado from IBA, presented their recommendations to the Mayor and his senior staff.
- MACDC presented a webinar on the CITC program to the Financial Planners Association of Massachusetts on Wednesday, February 12th.
- MACDC recently hosted its first peer learning session for Asset Managers from our member organizations. The meeting provided an opportunity for practitioners to share information and best practices and to plan future learning opportunities.
- MACDC submitted comments to DHCD regarding the Draft 2014 Qualified Allocation Plan
- MACDC is currently conducting its annual GOALs survey to collect data on the work of our members. We expect to publish the report in the spring. Check out the GOALs page on our website to view past reports and some new interactive graphs.
- MACDC recently updated the History page on our website with a timeline on of our history. Check it out and let us know what we forgot to include.
Valley CDC Celebrates Grand Opening of Lumber Yard Project: On a warm late June afternoon, Valley CDC's friends and supporters joined public officials to celebrate the completion of Valley CDC's redevelopment of the former Northampton Lumber Yard Company site, near downtown Northampton. The newly constructed four-story building will provide affordable homes for 55 families, 5,400 square feet of street-level commercial space, and office space for Valley CDC. Valley CDC partnered with Way Finders in the redevelopment, and Way Finders will manage the property. The Grand Opening included remarks by Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, DHCD Undersecretary Janelle Chan, and other dignitaries. Refreshments, good conversations, and a tour of the building made it a great afternoon!
Housing Assistance Corporation's Rent 365 Program encourages year-round rentals on The Cape. Incentives to participating homeowners include a $1,000 bonus, a lease template, and a free 30-minute phone consultation with an attorney. The program launched last fall and has enrolled 18 homeowners to date. The goal is 25 for its pilot phase.
On June 20th, Somerville Community Corporation kicked off its 50th Anniversary Celebrations with a breakfast at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. The event included a keynote address by Dr. Karilyn Crockett on community building, activism and commitment to social justice, and ended with Mayor Joseph Curtatone and SCC CEO Danny LeBlanc jumping into the Mystic River. Read more about the eventful morning here.
Just-A-Start Corporation recently completed renovations on 112 units of affordable housing in Cambridge, including construction of a new building at 50 York Street, which was destroyed by a major fire in 2016.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) recently hosted a Peer Exchange of leadership teams from seven regional planning agencies across the country and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). MAPC shared hosting responsibilities with Madison Park Development Corporation and Somerville Community Corporation, along with other organizations.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) will rehabilitate and preserve a series of historic brownstone apartments in the South End of Boston in partnership with the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The West Newton and Rutland Street Apartments were constructed in the late 1800s and became public housing when IBA handled the transition after BHA acquired the property 42 years ago.
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) is working with the Mayor and the Department of Neighborhood Development to buy three-decker houses and keep working families, who may otherwise be evicted, living in their homes. NOAH has already purchased 15 buildings. A long-time East Boston resident, who NOAH is helping, was recently featured on the Boston 25 News by 25 Investigates' Kerry Kavanaugh. Watch the report here.
After serving as Executive Director of Madison Park Development Corporation for 20 years, Jeanne Pinado prepares to step down. WGBH's Saraya Wintersmith recently took a driving tour of MPDC's real estate in Roxbury with Jeanne, during which they talked about the CDC's accomplishments under her leadership, as well as her plans and MPDC's plans for the future.
SEED Corporation welcomes Susan E. Murray as new Executive Director: Susan started her tenure on May 10. She has 30 years of experience in commercial and community banking, and has been involved with many community organizations.
Past, Present and Future by John Waite;
Creativity Sparks Civic Engagement by Amy Shapiro.
MACDC congratulates Chris Sikes on his retirement as President of Common Capital Inc, after 30 years of service. Chris founded CCI (then known as Western Mass Enterprise Fund) in partnership with local CDCs and MACDC long before the CDFI industry has blossomed across the country. Throughout his tenure, Chris was a tireless advocate for small business, an innovative thought leader in the CDFI movement, and creative practitioner who helped hundreds of businesses throughout the region. “Much of what I know about small business development, I learned from Chris when I served on his board from 1995 to 2005,” said MACDC President Joseph Kriesberg. “His impact on the field extends well beyond Western Mass to include the entire Commonwealth and the Country. I look forward to taking advantage of his newly found free time to provide me (and MACDC) with continued mentorship and friendship."
Congratulations to South Boston NDC on breaking ground at O'Connor Way, 46 new homes.
- Asian CDC, Corcoran Jennison Cos, and Tufts University to build a 45 homes for low-income residents as well as 107 residences for low- and moderate-homeownership, The Boston Globe reports.
- Congratulations to Karen Sheers, a Community Organizer at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, on her reciept of the first Community Ambassador Award from Keolis.
- Check out this great video by Harborlight Community Partners highlighting their Boston Street Crossing development. The before and after images are incredible.
- Congratulations to NewVue Communities for receiving the Everyone Award by TD Charitable Foundation. With this award, they will be conducting efficiency upgrades to the CDC's 27 original properties and a vacant storefront in the Cleghorn neighborhood in Fitchburg, MA
NewVue Communties and WHALE awarded grants through the Baker-Polito Administration’s $2.2 million Collaborative Workspace Program;
Congratulations to Pat Flaherty of Mission Hill NHS for receiving Hall of Fame award and Leslie Reid of Madison Park Development Corporation for receiving a Rising Star Award by Metropolitan Housing Partnership.
Helping respond to the crisis in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Mill Cities Community Investments is managing the Small Business Emergency Loan Fund, which was recently recapitalized with an additional $2 million in funds;
Congratulations to SEED Corporation on making $19.3 million in small business loans in 2018, which helped create 306 new jobs;
Congratulations to Housing Assistance Corporation on completing 44 mixed-used apartments in Bourne.
Check out this video that highlights what Lawrence CommunityWorks, NewVue Communities, and The Neighborhood Developers accomplished through the Working Cities Challenge.
Housing Assistance Corporation released a study covering the scarcity of housing on the Cape. As the Cape Cod Times notes, "In the Housing Assistance Corp. report unveiled Tuesday, "Housing on Cape Cod: The High Cost of Doing Nothing," a sampling of online rental listings showed the average rent for a room in a house was $75 a month, the average studio rent ran close to $1,000 a month, and renting a three bedroom home cost $1,875," Doug Frazier, Cape Cod Time (CLICK HERE to read the article). To read the report by HAC, CLICK HERE.
Mill Cities Community Investments (MCCI) to manage an emergency loan fund for businesses impacted by the natural gas disaster in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover communities. “MCCI is pleased to provide ongoing support, including managing the emergency loan fund for the businesses that were affected by the gas disaster,” said Mill Cities Community Investments Executive Director Frank Carvalho. “MCCI is properly staffed culturally and linguistic to provide this most needed service and we thank our community lending partners and MGCC for making this resource available to help our business community.”
- Hilltown CDC celebrates the grand opening of 10 new affordable apartments for seniors in Goshen, Mass. The Community Preservation Act supported project, "has set an example for rural America about how small communities can come together and do something to protect their way of life."
- Asian CDC's (ACDC) ANCHOR (Activation, Needs, Community, Housing and Open Spaces, Residents) creative placemaking initiative seeks to "remind Chinatown residents and visitors that Chinatown is a place of live, work, and play." The ANCHOR project is an initiative to stabilize Boston's Chinatown that revolves around anchor landmarks and is "dedicated to preserving Chinatown residents, businesses, and cultural institutions."
- South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation receives $600,000 grant from the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund that will "enable SEED to continue meeting the financing needs of start-ups and expanding small businesses in underserved markets, and economically distressed areas in our region."
- Metro West Collaborative Development's Glen Brook Way project receives permit to add an additional 44 units of housing! The completed project will include 48 family units and 44 senior units.
- Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly is now 2Life Communities. The name change was spurred by the organization's need to capture their "vibrancy while reflecting our Jewish identity. 2Life Communities embodies the central tenet of L'Chaim, celebrating life, and also captures enthusiasm round the 'second phase' of life and all of its possibilities."
Dorchester Bay partners with Resonant Energy to provide solar energy accessible to low- and moderate-income families in Dorchester.
Groundwork Lawrence transforms abandoned lot into a community garden where neighbors can grow more than just vegetables, they see this “as a chance to get together with our neighbors, get to know each other a little bit. Together we can make the place better, little by little.”
Congratulations to Katherine Martinez on becoming the new Executive Director of Lena Park CDC, we look forward to continuing our relationship in your new capacity.
Taking another critical step toward reducing asthma in Springfield, Revitalize CDC will serve as the lead housing service provider for Baystate Health's asthma prevention program. The program sees to keep families from the emergency room by addressing asthma triggers in the home.
New Vue Communities partners with the Fitchburg Art Museum to transform a fire damaged building into residences and workspace for artists.
One of the ways IBA is commemorating their 50th anniversary is by reflecting on the impact their bilingual preschool has had on the families who have participated in the school. Read 20 Years to Today: The Impact of IBA’s Preschool to learn how the school has had a positive influence on these families.
New Vue Communities broke ground on its newest affordable housing project last week. The former Carter Junior High School in Leominster had been vacant for over 30 years will be transformed into 30 affordable housing units.
Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire's 45 affordable rental home project in Great Barrington, the Bentley Apartments, has been awarded $15.4 million in funding from DHCD.
The partnership between New Ecology and Somerville Community Corporation has resulted in the construction of three energy efficient, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) apartment buildings over the last four years. This brings the City of Somerville’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 closer to reality.
CDC of South Berkshire's recent purchase will convert an old house into 40-50 affordable homes in Great Barrington.
The Supreme Judicial Court delivered a major victory for the preservation of affordable housing on June 15th when it ruled that Homeowner’s Rehabilitation., Inc (HRI, a CDC in Cambridge, MA) could exercise its right of first refusal as general partner of a Low Income Housing Tax Credit property to purchase the property without advance consent from the limited partners (i.e. investors) at a below market price. The decision affirms that CDCs and other nonprofit affordable housing developers should be able to buy LIHTC properties they originally sponsored at a price that allows for the long term preservation of the project and that investors receive their full financial return through tax benefits, not property appreciation. The decision is highly technical and relied heavily on the specific language in the original partnership agreement so CDCs and others should consult their attorneys to make sure such agreements are drafted properly. MACDC signed on to an Amicus Brief organized by CHAPA and written by the attorneys at Klein Hornig that supported HRI.
Bodegas in Lawrence now offer healthier options thanks to work done by Groundwork Lawrence and Mill Cities Community Investments as part of an effort to increase healthy food options in the neighborhood in partnership with a Lawrence General Hospital program called Healthy on the Block/Bodegas Saludables.
Lt. Gov. Polito visited Housing Nantucket on Saturday, July 14th. During her visit, she learned more about a real estate development project made possible thanks to CITC.
Somerville Community Corporation and Preservation of Affordable Housing released a new video highlighting Resident Voices to help win support for their redevelopment of their Clarendon Hill public housing community.
- East Boston CDC, in partnership with Trinity Financial and the Boston Housing Authority, recently completed the first phase of the Orient Heights redevelopment project which added 120 new public housing homes to the housing stock.
- CDC's will go to great lengths to secure affordable housing. Check out the pictures from OneHolyoke's #HouseMovingDay.
- Congratulations to NeighborWorks of Southern Mass for participating in the recently launched, NeighborhoodLIFT program. The program, a collaboration between NeighborWorks America and Wells Fargo, assists first-time homebuyers with $20,000 in down payment assistance.
Pedro “Flako” Cruz, Youth Arts Program Coordinator at Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion – and performer at the Mel King Institute Anniversary Breakfast, was recently interviewed on Seen & Heard. Learn more about his work with youth and how he’s building “the type of relationships that save lives.”
NeighborWorks of Southern Mass, Valley CDC, and Worcester East Side CDC received funding from the state to renovate or develop 45 units of supportive housing.
- Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation launched their Innovation Lending platform to support entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Additionally, their incredible work was recently covered by the Dorchester Reporter. Learn more about their programs and initiatives.
- OneHolyoke recently moved an entire house from one plot to another. The property was purchased for $1 with the condition that it be moved from its current location and be made into affordable housing.
- Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) was awarded $6 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for their 100 Homes Initiative. Through the program, SCC purchases multifamily homes and converts them into permanent affordable housing. The funding will be used to pay a $4.4 million bridge loan, while the remainder will be used to purchase an additional nine properties.
- Revitalize CDC held its 26th Annual #GreenNFit Neighborhood Rebuild on April 25. Revitalize CDC along with hundreds of volunteers rehabbed more than a dozen properties on ten continuous blocks in the Old Hill Neighborhood of Springfield.
- Groundwork Lawrence celebrated Earth Day by hosting over 800 volunteers at the Campagnone Common park, where they planted trees, cleaned up, and beautified the park for all to enjoy.
- Metro West Community Development and the Norwell Community Housing Trust have worked for the past year to design, permit and obtain funding for the creation of 18 units of rental housing for seniors on the site of a former Town Police Station. The organizations celebrated a ground breaking ceremony for the project on April 19 that was attended by Congressman Bill Keating, MassHousing Executive Director, Chrystal Kornegay, and a number of town leaders who supported the project. The project is one of three projects funded through the inaugural round of the Community Scale Housing program for which MACDC has long advocated. The project also received over $1 million in CPA funding from the town.
- Congratulations to ACT Lawrence for being selected for the 2018 Social Innovator Showcase for their work on financial education.
- SMOC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the installation of new outdoor play equipment for their Pathways Family Shelter.
- Congratulations to Vanessa Calderón-Rosado for making Boston Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in Boston.
- Federal grants will fund programs for two CDCs in Lawrence: Groundwork Lawrence is set to receive $20,000 for their high school aged Green Team and for a summer enrichment program. Lawrence Community Works will use its $35,000 to fund their English for Speakers of Other Language program.
- NewVue Communities is set to renovate the Fitchburg Arts Community building with plans for artist work spaces and more than 55 apartments for artists. Once complete, the project will "create a creative community" in Fitchburg.
- The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire is planning a new development in Great Barrington that hopes to bring more than 40 units of affordable housing to the area.
- On April 9th, Secretary Jay Ash visited two MACDC Members to announce $1.5 million in new awards for sustainable homeownership counseling. Thirteen of the twenty-one awards were made to MACDC Members. This funding will allow CDCs to continue being leaders in providing these essential services to homebuyers and homeowners.
- Just-A-Start's new, tuition-free IT program received a $500,000 grant from the ECMC foundation. Modeled after its successful Biomedical Careers Program, the IT program will provide its students with the skills needed to enter the growing IT field. Learn more about Just-A-Start's impactful new initiative.
- 39 East Boston families facing displacement can stay in their homes thanks to NOAH and the City of Boston's partnership. Working with the City and local property owners, NOAH has been able to purchase 10 triple-deckers and are closing soon on three more.
- When storms and natural disasters happen, CDCs are often there to help families and neighborhoods recover. This is precisely what happened after the March 10 Nor'easter hit Quincy and Neighborworks Southern Mass stepped in to help.
- When storms and natural disasters happen, CDCs are often there to help families and neighborhoods recover. This is precisely what happened after the March 10 Nor’easter hit Quincy and Neighborworks Southern Mass stepped in to help.
- Harborlight Community Partners receives affordable housing advocacy support from Laura Miller, a teenage volunteer at Harborlight House. The young advocate feels that “right now I’m in a really amazing space where I can actually kind of influence the future a little bit.”
The Baker administration awarded grants totaling $175,000 to the Coalition for a Better Acre, the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, and The Neighborhood Developers as part of the Urban Agenda Grant Program. The CDCs will be using these funds to strengthen their respective small business lending or workforce development programs.
The Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE partners with New Bedford Cape Verdean Association to restore historic theater in New Bedford’s North End neighborhood.
The Housing Assistance Corporation’s annual Knit-A-Thon provides warm blankets for homeless families in their four shelters.
The Housing Assistance Corporation(HAC) and Community Development Partnership (CDP) have launched the Cape Housing Advocacy Training, a program to provide residents in the Cape Cod community with the tools to advocate for affordable housing.
Metro West Collaborative Development partners with Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization (CAN-DO) and the Barry Price Center to restore a historic property and provide affordable housing in Newton.
NewVue Communities partners with Fitchburg State University on the ideaLab, a meeting place for “Fitchburg residents, FSU students and alumni to learn from each other.”
The Neighborhood Developers have 34 affordable homes under development in Chelsea, the project is slated to be completed in October.
Madison Park Development Corporation’s retail space is now the new home of the Daily Table, offering fresh and local food to the Roxbury Neighborhood.
Hilltown CDC received a share of a $1.7 million HUD grant to address homelessness in the Hilltowns. Congressman Neal visited Chesterfield to congratulate the organizations who will use the grant to help 181 individuals in the community.
Congratulations to Jessica Andors, Executive Director of Lawrence CommunityWorks, who has been appointed to serve on the Lawrence Alliance for Education Board.
Congratulations to Mary Wambui, Asset Manager at Dorchester Bay EDC, for her recent appointment to the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council!
Nuestra CDC’s Bartlett Station development will be the new home of Good Food Markets! This plan will provide local jobs and address some of the supermarket scarcity in Roxbury.
The Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) of New Bedford is set to preserve the historic First Baptist Church that upon completion will serve as the new home of Your Theater adding an additional community and“artist venue in downtown New Bedford.”
Asian CDC, Corcoran Jennison Cos., and Millennium Partners submit a proposal to the city that calls for replacing a Chinatown parking lot with 30 stories of affordable housing.
Urban Edge’s Jackson Square Recreation Center is $500,000 closer to becoming a reality thanks to a grant from the TD Charitable Foundation.
North Shore Community Development Corp.’s open-air murals are a stunning approach to transforming affordable housing. Scroll over to page 48 of Design New England magazine to read about North Shore CDC’s innovative approach to neighborhood revitalization.
Long-time affordable housing and climate change advocate, Phil Giffee, Executive Director of NOAH CDC, urges the city and its residents to make resiliency a priority after unprecedented flooding in East Boston and the Seaport District.
Congrats to Just-A-Start on their 50th Anniversary! Watch their video highlighting their incredible role in developing affordable housing and creating opportunities for youth and young adults in Cambridge! Here’s to 50 more years of success!
Dorchester Bay EDC is set to launch their online lending platform for their Small Business Assistance Center program. DBEDC plans to expand its lending to $400,000 microloans that will result in more than 100 jobs retained or created.
Codman Square NDC goes green with the installation of solar panels at 16 of its multifamily homes. The transition to renewable energy will produce an environmental impact that’s equivalent to planting 515 acres of trees!
On January 21st, JALSA will present Jeanne Pinado with the Distinguished Leadership Award at its annual meeting. Jeanne is being recognized for her role in transforming the Roxbury neighborhood, developing affordable housing, preserving Hibernian Hall, and establishing a host of community programs. To learn more about this event, visit JALSA's event page.
Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, Executive Director of Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, was recently featured in the Boston Globe, here are five things you might not know about Vanessa Calderon-Rosado.
- Congratulations to JPNDC and Madison Park Development Corporation, recipients of TD Charitable Foundation's "Housing for Everyone" grant. This funding will advance two new projects for the Jamaica Plain NDC, the General Heath Square Apartments, and the Lorenzo Pitts Portfolio, which will add 47 new affordable homes and preserve 193 at-risk affordable apartments. Madison Park DC will use the funding for the Madison Melnea Cass Apartments project which will add 53 new homes for low and moderate income families in Roxbury.
The Best Ethel Ever! Congratulations to Ethel Griffin on her Lifetime Achievement Award. Check out this incredible video by Revitalize CDC honoring Ethel and her work in Springfield.
On December 6th, MACDC’s Members Housing Solutions and NeighborWorks of Southern Mass along with a diverse group of stakeholders held a housing roundtable discussion with Rep. Joseph Kennedy. They expressed their concerns about the impact the tax reform could have on LITHC, Historic Credits, New Market Credits, the Section 8 program and FSS, elderly housing, and block grants. Rep. Kennedy cautioned that Democrats will be marginalized in the tax reform process and suggests that national affordable housing organizations orchestrate pressure on legislators in New York, California, New Jersey, and Illinois.
Congratulations to MACDC’s members Housing Assistance Corporation on Cape Cod and Community Development Partnership for founding the Cape House Institute (a program designed to address the region’s housing problems), and celebrating its first cohort of program graduates, which included 100 Cap Cod town officials.
- Lisette Le is announced as its new Executive Director of Viet-AID.
- Housing Nantucket brings four new affordable rental homes online with two more to be completed shortly.
- Valley CDC to invest $19 million to turn the former Northampton Lumber Company property into a mixed-use building including 55 affordable homes and commercial space.
- Revitalize CDC "rehabbed so many Springfield neighborhood homes that the organization is now being called upon to apply its experience in Holyoke."
- Fenway CDC's $15.2 million acquisition of the Burbank Gardens saves 39 apartments from converting to market-rate housing.
- The Neighborhood Developers will convert the old French Club into 34 units of affordable rental housing.
- Worcester Common Ground unveils the first Bioshelter in Worcester.
- Island Housing Trust breaks ground on nine-unit project in West Tisbury.
$900,000 grant from the Massachusetts Community Housing Initiative helps Island Housing move forward on housing development in West Tisbury.
NeighborWorks of Southern Mass and WinnCompanies partner to develop 140 mixed-income apartments in Quincy.
Viet-AID celebrates the completion of the new Upper Washington apartments with incoming tenants and Mayor Walsh.
Nuestra CDC receives $250,000 grant to support the development of a community grocery store in Roxbury.
Harborlight Community Partners and the City of Beverly move forward on 40R "Smart Growth Zoning Overlay" project that will bring 60-80 units of housing to the city.
Housing Corporation of Arlington secures funding to convert the former Arlington Heights Methodist church into nine-units of affordable housing.
Lena Park CDC and New Boston Fund partner to redevelop the former Boston State Hospital into 41-units of mixed-income homeownership in Mattapan.
Dorchester Bay EDC taps local talent, Outside the Box Agency for #DotImpact Video Series.
Jamaica Plain NDC, The Community Builders, and Urban Edge partner to renovate Boston Housing Authority's 199-unit residential building for senior citizens and disabled people. Additionally, they will develop 10 new units in a space currently used for BHA offices.
"HAC and CDP Launch Cape Housing Institute: HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi and Community Development Partnership (CDP) Executive Director Jay Coburn have announced a collaboration between their two agencies that would address the challenges local municipalities face due to the shortage of affordable housing on Cape Cod." READ MORE
NOAH engages vulnerable community residents to prepare for climate change threat.
Housing Assistance Corporation and Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) celebrate the groundbreaking of their 44 unit project. This third and final phase will complete the 117-unit mixed income project.
North Shore CDC commissions local artists to turn The Point neighborhood in Salem into an urban museum.
NOAH's Youth Brigade highlighted in the WBUR's piece on bringing more trees into East Boston.
North Shore CDC's "The Lighthouses" project will bring 46 new mixed-income apartment homes to Salem.
Community Teamwork opens Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, offering a variety of business development services.
Community Development Partnership and Housing Assistance Corporation partner to create the Cape Housing Institute, a program for elected officials and municipal leaders to learn about navigating the process of affordable housing development.
WATCH CDC receives Excellence in Advocacy award from Mass Nonprofit Network.
Development Without Displacement: Dudley Neighbors Inc. Add 527 Columbia Road Property to Land Trust.
Urban Edge resident leader, Judith Lamb, is honored by state Rep. Liz Malia as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's 2017 class of Unsung Heroines.
North Shore CDC uses Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation grant to engage and celebrate immigrant-owned small business across Salem and Peabody.
South Middlesex Opportunity Council celebrates the graduation of 18 local residents from it's Joan Brack Adult Learning Center.
Community Teamwork Inc. resident leader recognized for five decades of dedication.
Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) announces annual preservation award winners.
The Neighborhood Developers expects its new One Beach housing development to be LEED certified.
Coalition for a Better Acre receives $500,000 grant to create a new public park along the Northern Canal in Lowell.
4/11/17 Just-A-Start plans to rebuild St. Patricks Place, which was heavily damaged in a fire several months ago. The work to rebuild the 16 units of affordable housing will begin later this month.
4/11/17 JPNDC and Hyde Square Task Force's Immigrant Speak-Out event draws nearly 100 people.
4/11/17 Oak Hill CDC receives Official Citation from the Massachusetts Senate for their work in financial education.
4/11/17 Nuestra Comunidad's first phase of the Bartlett Station has begun, the first building will include 60 apartments that will be affordable to families earning a range of incomes. The building will also include a grocery store on the ground floor that will offer new options in the neighborhood.
4/5/17 Mill Cities Community Investments leads in helping homeowners get rid of lead through MassHousing's Get the Lead Out loan program.
4/3/17 Viet-AID's 41 units of affordable housing plan approved under the Boston 2030 initiative.
4/3/17 Asian CDC receives $16.6 million from DHCD to renovate and extend affordability of 161 units of affordable housing at Oak Terrace.
4/3/17 North Shore and Salem State partner to provide free income tax prep for qualifying families.
3/28/17 Harvard and MIT students pair up with Island Housing Trust in search of innovative ways to increase affordable housing in the Vineyard.
3/27/17 Watch Asian CDC's Executive Director, Angie Liou, talk about the effect of federal budget cuts on BNN News.
3/2/17 Check out Vanessa Calderon-Rosado's, Executive Director of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, book review of "Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio" by Mario Luis Small.
2/28/17 As part of the Social Innovation Forum, CEDC is set to host a "Social Issue Talk" focused on "Revitalizing Southeastern Mass". The event will be held on March 21st at noon.
2/22/17 City of Boston announced 22 million in new funding for affordable housing, several CDC's have been chosen to develop or preserve 602 units of housing.
2/13/17 Lawrence Community Works converts the previously abandoned historic Duck Mill into affordable homes.
2/2/17 Somerville Community Corporation Social Equity Campaign surpasses goal.
1/27/17 The Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative; a partnership between Codman Square NDC, Dorchester Bay EDC and Southwest Boston CDC, announced the launch of the Fairmount Job Referral Network. The program will focus on working with applicants and businesses along the Fairmount MBTA line. Learn more about their inaugural job fair.
1/18/17 Lawrence works on turn around with Lawrence Venture Fund administered by Mill City Community Investments
1/11/17 Somerville Community Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their 35-unit complex for families earning below 30 percent of median income in Somerville.
1/4/17 Housing Corporation of Arlington beats end of year fundraising goal with help from Board of Directors and CITC.
1/3/17 Local artist teams up with the JPNDC to restore historic brewery name.
12/27/16 Vanessa Calderón-Rosado and Angie Liou recognized on YW Boston's 150 Boston Women of Influence series.
12/23/16 NOAH CDC's 71-unit mixed-income Coppersmith Village project gets closer to reality with $26 million in funding.
12/20/16 Madison Park DC along with several partners receive $30 million HUD grant to invest in the Lower Roxbury Community.
12/13/16 After 42 years under Rick Presbrey's leadership, HAC has announced a new Executive Director.
12/12/16 CEDC is to take part in the 2017 Social Innovators Accelerator program.
12/08/16 Somerville CC launches Succeed Together Video Series.
11/7/16 Urban Edge partners with Union Capital Boston to increase voter turn out in JP & Roxbury.
11/2/16 Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership's Hoarding Program brings hope to residents at risk of losing their homes.
11/1/16 Watch the Community Development Partnership's vision of "A Sustainable Future" video to learn about how they are helping small businesses go green.
11/1/16 The JPNDC raised nearly $170,000 at it's annual Octoberfest Fiesta! fundraiser. Check out pictures from the Fiesta!
10/31/16 Check out Asian CDC's pedestrian safety campaign video shot in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood.
10/31/16 Congratulations to Madison Park Development Corporation on their 50th Anniversary Gala. Watch their new MPDC @ 50 video.
10/31/16 Franklin County CDC received $250,000 to expand capacity at their food processing center as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s grants to local food ventures.
10/28/16 Congratulations to Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion on the completion of renovations to 11 SRO units in the South End. Watch the video from the event.
10/18/16 Congratulations to SEED Corporation for being named Micro Lender of the Year at the 2016 Rhode Island SBA Lender Awards a& Emerging Leaders Graduation.
10/7/16 Read about the ways Gateway Cities are reinventing their image, including how NewVue Communities sees vacant properties as vehicles of opportunity for the community.
10/5/16 Worcester Common Ground's Piedmont Plays: A Campaign to Love Your Neighborhood wins Kaboom's Play Everywhere Challenge.
10/4/16 Congratulations to Urban Edge for receiving the William L. Boyan Award from Boston Children's Hospital.
9/19/16 Olde Holyoke CDC has changed their name to OneHolyoke CDC.
9/15/16 Somerville Community Corporation received $300,000 from state grant to redevelop Clarendon Hill into 526-unit mixed-income complex.
9/8/16 SCC celebrated Governor Charlie Baker’s signing of Bill H. 4303, An Act Establishing the Somerville Municipal Job Creation and Retention Trust. The trust will allow Somerville to collect fees from developers to ensure their projects benefit local residents.
9/8/16 Southwest Boston CDC scores first grant from a relatively new city program designed to help landlords preserve affordable housing
8/31/16 Madison Park Development Corporation celebrated their 15th Annual National Night Out with Marty Walsh. Check out pictures from the event.
8/25/16 WHALE's Co-Creative Center project receives $1 million in financing from MassDevelopment.
8/19/16 - Community Teamwork's YouthBuild students help restore iconic mural.
8/19/16 - Watch how Harborlight Community Partners builds community while hand delivering the last custom made kitchen cabinet for thei Harborlight House Rehab Project.
8/17/16 - Learn more about Dorchester Bay EDC's new partnership with the Tech Goes Home Initiative.
8/5/16 - Millennium Partners plans to work with Asian CDC to meet the city's inclusionary development policy guidelines by contributing $25 million toward affordable housing.
7/29/16 - Better together, Community Teamwork Inc. and the Lowell House announce merger in order to increase access and ease of services for their clients.
7/26/16 North Shore CDC and Action Inc. receive permit to transform vacant Harbor Village into mixed-use development.
7/14/16 North Shore CDC’s annual Build Day was a tremendous success thanks to more than 100 volunteers who turned out to complete several revitalization projects in Salem and Beverly.
7/13/16 Parsons Village in East Hampton now has a new set of solar panels thanks to a collaboration between HAPHousing and Valley CDC. To commemorate the installation a celebration was held on July 14th.
7/11/16 At their 37th annual fundraiser, held at the historic Shirley Eustis House in Roxbury, Dorchester Bay EDC celebrated another year of achievements in the community. The event also served as a formal introduction of their new CEO, Perry B. Newman. Read more about the festivities.
7/11/16 Urban Edge's Jackson Square Recreation Center is $500,000 closer to completion thanks to the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.
7/11/16Learn more about Somerville Community Corporation's Leadership Development Institute, a program where emerging community leaders can learn how to become effective community organizers.
7/7/16 South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation proposes developing two vacant parcels into a mixed-use property where all 16 units will be affordable in Boston's most expensive neighborhood.
7/1/16 Congratulations to the first 15 graduates of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program! The program is a collaboration between Somerville Community Corporation and Somerville High School.
6/23/16 Nuestra CDC is celebrating their 35th Anniversary with a series of videos highlighting the impact they have made in the community. Gallery Eye Care is a small business Nuestra has helped along the way. Watch Gallery Eye Care’s success story.
6/16/16 Just-A-Start's TBT picture from the 1970's has some serious style.
6/16/16 Check out JPNDC's TBT picture circa 1990!
6/10/16 The Neighborhood Developers' ribbon cutting celebrates opening of 39 affordable rental apartments for Seniors in Revere.
6/3/16 Boston Fed announces winners of their Working Cities Challenge.
6/2/16 Somerville's Inclusionary Zoning Law Leads Nation
5/24/16 Somerville Community Corporation received an astronomical 3,400 applications for their 35 units of affordable housing currently under construction in Union Square.
5/20/16 Nuestra CDC in partnership with POAH were selected to develop transit-oriented development in Mattapan. The proposal includes building 135 units of housing and commercial space on a underutilized parking lot.
5/17/16 Community Development Partnership's Board President, Lori Meads, has been named "2016 Community Bank Hero" by Banker & Tradesmen and was honored at their annual meeting in Boston.
5/10/16 Vanessa Calderon-Rosado from Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion was named one of El Planeta's 100 Most Powerful People for Massachusetts' Latinos.
4/26/16 Somerville Community Corporation teamed up with POAH and Gate Residential to proposal a new 300 unit development in Somerville.
4/25/16 Congratulations and good luck to MACDC Members, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion and Mickey Northcutt from Northshore CDC for being named finalists for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's (MNN) 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
4/15/16 Check out this circa 1800's #TBT picture JPNDC posted of Haffernreffer Brewery!
4/14/16 Congratulations to Lena Park CDC on their inaugural gala.
4/13/16 Revitalize CDC and the Big Y SurPRIZE Squad helped improve the accessibility of the senior citizen in Springfield.
4/12/16 Check out this time lapse video of the construction of Island Housing Trust’s Water Street apartments; six new apartments on the island.
4/2/16 North Shore CDC and Harborlight Community Partners held "Doughnuts with you Delegation" meeting with their respective legislators.
4/1/16 Madison Park looks to expand services for their residents, plans new community space.
3/31/16 Check out this interview with Gail Latimore on her (almost) 20 years at the helm of Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation.
3/29/16 Congratulations to Codman Square NDC for making all of their units smoke free.
3/29/16 With his announcement of an additional $28 million, Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh has made a total of $66 million available to create or preserve affordable housing in Boston. Many of our members, including Viet-AID, Back of the Hill CDC, Jamaica Plain NDC, Madison Park DC, South Boston NDC and Caritas Communities received funding.
3/28/16 On March 29th, David Christopolis from Hilltown CDC participated in a panel at the MA Food Trust Program’s event, ‘From Concept to Impact’. The event, taking place at the MA State House, will discuss ways in which the trust can “create jobs, leverage private investment, and increase access to healthy food choices.”
3/22/16 Codman Square NDC and Nuestra Comunidad both put in bids to redevelop vacant Mattapan parking lot.
3/8/16 David Queeley from the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp will receive recognition for his work on promoting safe streets for pedestrians from WalkBoston with the 2016 Golden Shoe Award at their Annual Meeting on March 22nd.
3/1/16 On March 1st, The Neighborhood Developer's held a ribbon cutting ceremony of Lewis Latimer Place, an affordable housing partnership between The Neighborhood Developers + ROCA will provide supportive services for young parents in Chelsea. The celebration included the unveiling of an historic marker, to commemorate the birthplace of Lewis Latimer, the son of a runaway slave, who became an honored inventor working with Alexander Graham Bell and the Edison Electric Light Company.
2/29/16 Madison Park Development Corporation in partnership with Nuestra CDC hosted a "Doughnuts with your Delegation" meeting with their legislators.
2/26/16 On February 26th, Worcester Common Ground welcomed local and state officials to discuss their development goals, the challenges they face as a CDC in Worcester, and how we can work together to provide the best resources to our community and create a thriving neighborhood. This meeting was incredibly productive and successful, generating many creative suggestions which we hope to explore in the coming year.
2/10/16 - South Middlesex Opportunity Council celebrates microloan fund launch in partnership with Commerce Bank, MA Growth Capital Corp and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
2/9/16 - Asian CDC hosted a great Doughnuts with your Delegates meeting with State Senator Tackey Chan and State Senator John Kennan.
1/28/16 - Nuestra CDC celebrates 35 years of success in Roxbury!
1/22/16 - Island Housing Trust is reporting that they used all of their Community Investment Tax Credits from 2015 and successfully completed their fundraising for the Water Street Apartments. Way to go!
1/22/16 - Codman Square NDC wins a Golden Shoe Award from walkBoston!
1/22/16 - Congratulations to Somerville Community Corporation for exceeding their 2015 Social Equity Campaign goal by raising $201,000! This is a great example of how the Community Investment Tax Credit can power donations and dramatically impact an organization.
1/15/16 - On Tuesday, January 12th, Coalition for a Better Acre won approval to acquire and redevelop the Smith Baker Center in Lowell into a community and arts center.
1/14/16 - Governor Baker spoke at SMOC about their plan to create the Framingham Business Resource Alliance with support from a new program in the Commonwealth, the Urban Agenda Grant Program.
1/13/16 - The Community Development Partnership (CDP) announced that it hired Glen Ohlund as its new Director of Economic Development. Before joining CDP, Glen was TD Bank's Community Development Manager for Northern New England.
1/9/16 - Somerville Community Corporation is installing solar panels on the rooftop of the St. Polycarp development in Somerville.
1/2/16 - Somerville Community Corporation and Somerville High School are partnering to create manufacturing training program.
12/23/15 - North Shore CDC receives recognition for their crosswalk project from the American Planning Association.
12/23/15 - Congratulations to Nuestra CDC on the opening of Ellen S. Jackson Apartments, 40 units of affordable housing for seniors in Roxbury.
12/21/15 - Mission Hill NHS celebrates the opening of the Maria Sánchez House, a 40-unit affordable housing development for seniors.
12/18/2015 - Kresge Foundation provides $660,000 grant to NOAH for climate resiliency planning.
12/14/15 - Check out Leah Camhi, Fenway CDC's new Executive Director, in the Boston Business Journal.
12/9/15 - Fenway residents protest in the rain to keep their homes affordable.
Vanessa Calderón-Rosado says her organization, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, is "thrilled" to have been chosen by the Boston Housing Authority to redevelop 146 units of housing in the South End.
Walsh taps Asian CDC and other groups to create more affordable housing.
Congratulations to NOAH for holding the ribbon cutting on the redevelopment of the Sithowski School Senior Housing apartment complex in Webster. The project $20.5 million rehab provides 66 units of housing for seniors aged 55+.
South Shore Housing changes its name....it's now Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts.
JPNDC, Urban Edge and The Community Builders to renovate over 500 homes in Jamaica Plain.
Congratulations to HAC on Cape Cod and POAH for completing construction of Melpet Farm, an affordable housing community in Dennis.
Twin Cities changes its name....it's now NewVue Communities. Check out article in the Sentiinel & Enterprise.
Great article on the continued revitalization of Lawrence by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that highlights the work of Lawrence CommunityWorks. The city of Lawrence was a 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner.
Congratulations to Just-A-Start for the preservation and rehabilitation of the Bishop Allen and Norfolk Street Apartments in Cambridge. This project consists of 27 three bedroom apartments and 5 two bedroom apartments.
Congratulations to Janelle Chan, Executive Director of Asian CDC, who was honored by the Boston Business Journal on November 5th as one of "16 to watch in 2016."
Check out this great interview with MACDC Board Member, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, in Banker and Tradesman highlighting the work of IBA and even her favorite books!
Congratulations to Revitalize CDC, ACT Lawrence and Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion (IBA) for receiving Community Investment Tax Credit allocations! Check out the entire list of organizations participating in the CITC program.
In partnership with the former Salem resident, Dominican artist Ruben Ubiera, North Shore CDC will bring art to the corner of Dodge Street and Peabody Street.
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg joined Greenfield YMCA and Franklin County CDC for a "greener diet" Food Day Celebration on October 24th.
JPNDC’s new mural is featured in Boston Magazine! Be sure to create a walking JP art tour w/ their map.
Congratulations to The Neighborhood Developers for receiving a Neighborhood Builders grant award from Bank of America.
Congratulations to Madison Park Development Corporation for receiving approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority on two projects: 1) Whittier Street public housing redevelopment, which will include 387 units; 2) Madison Park Infill, which will include 76 homes.
Congratulations to HAC Cape Cod the completion of the Melpet Farm Residences, which will soon be home to 27 people.
Critical rent support in Waltham, championed by WATCH, may go into effect
The Jamaica Plain NDC and the Mission Hill NHS join forces to build 47 units of affordable housing.
Congratulations to Community Development Partnership on the lower Cape for receiving a $100,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a Farmers Market Development Program.
Valley CDC's Executive Director was interviewed by WRSI radio to discuss affordable housing in their area, the CDC's Pedal Poker Run and the local band, And The Kids, which Joanne's daughter is a member!
Somerville Community Corporation celebrated the beginning of construction of 181 Washington Street with a groundbreaking on September 17. The project, when completed, will house groundfloor commercial space and 35 units of affordable housing.
Harborlight Community Partners, thanks to a $4 million tax-exempt bond will be able to renovate Harborlight House, their affordable senior housing development.
Island Housing Trust announced a new development on Martha's Vineyard of eleven duplexes on 14.8 acres; 8.9 acres were sold to the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank as a conservation easement to further protect and preserve the island.
Coalition for a Better Acre held a ribbon cutting for it's Gorham Street Apartments, a 24-unit building in Lowell.
North Shore CDC wraps up $18 million / 11 building renovation on the Salem Point Apartments that includes not only significant green improvements to the property, but also preservation of murals painted in the 1990s and a new park.
Jamaica Plain NDC will be breaking ground on the 75 Amory Ave. development this month, as reported by the Jamaica Plain Gazette.
Check out this great video highlighting Jeanne Dubois' career at Dorchester Bay EDC.
Michael Moriarty, Executive Director of Olde Holyoke CDC, is joining the Commonwealth's 11 member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation unveiled the community painted "Welcome to Jason Square" mural. Designed by JP resident, Alex Cook, and painted by 50 residents the mural aspires to welcome all those traveling through Jackson Square.
WHALE purchased 139 Union Street in New Bedford. They will renovate the space to become a community gallery with multi-purpose function space and space for artists to work, in addition to affordable housing for artists.
Dorchester Bay EDC and Madison Park Development Corporation are helping lead the hiring of people of color in Boston on their real estate development projects.
Check out Madison Park Development Corporation's Executive Director, Jeanne Pinado, talking about the brand new Tropical Foods supermarket development on Cityline.
Asian CDC's Executive Director, Janelle Chan, named a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. As highlighted in Asian CDC's article announcing Janelle's 10 month fellowship, "While at Harvard, Chan plans to study various new financing models to apply to community and affordable housing development, as well as creating new models for cultural economic development that could meld her two loves: food and real estate development." Angie Liou will be acting Executive Director.
Congratulations to Asian CDC for completing the rehabilitation of Tremont Village Apartments, 20 units of affordable housing between Chinatown and Bay Village.
Oak Hill CDC highlighted as a key partner in the revitalization of the Union Hill neighborhood in Worcester by Worcester Magazine.
Housing Assistance Corporation on Cape Cod highlights an extreme case of homelessness on the Cape.
Back of the Hill CDC and JPNDC are partnering on a new 47-unit, $16.4 unit affordable housing development called General Heath Square Apartments. The Mission Hill Gazette is reporting that the project just filed with the BRA to continue moving forward with the project.
Congratulations to Coalition for a Better Acre for helping run a National Night Out program with the Lowell police where over 400 people attended.
CITC in Action! Harborlight Community Partners is "introducing the Resident Advisory Committee (RAC)" to all their residents to support resident advocacy and increased recognition of affordable housing needs within the community. This is a part of their Community Investment Plan, which was submitted to DHCD as a part of the CITC program.
Congratulations to IBA for completing renovations to their community spaces. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined IBA on July 29th for the official ribbon cutting.
Nuestra CDC welcomes Karla Jaramillo as their new CFO.
The Women's Institute named Betsy Crum as their new Executive Director. Betsy was formally the Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition.
Allston Brighton CDC receives $11.5 million from MHIC to redevelop affordable housing in their community.
Great article in Worcester Magazine highlighting the incredible work of Main South CDC helping to lead the revitalization of Worcester.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently approved Urban Edge to develop the Walker Park Apartments, 49 units of housing in Roxbury.
Viet-AID held a groundbreaking for their Upper Washington development last week. The Dorchester Reporter featured an article on it in this week’s issue, and the Mayor’s Office produced a video highlighting some of the speakers.
Dorchester Bay EDC announces plan to develop 92-unit mixed-income development.
Great article by The Salem News on the CITC program, Harborlight Community Partners and North Shore CDC.
Allston Brighton has been working diligently to address student housing issues. Read the artcicle here
Check out Lawrence CommunityWorks Executive Director Jess Andor's article in Municipal Advocate magazine "Ambitious Project Seeks to Change Lawrence’s Path—and That of Its Residents."
Congratulations to Jamaica Plain NDC's Real Estate Directors Leslie Vos for winning a 2015 Women of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) Award.
Community Development Partnership released a fantastic video highlighting their incredible work on the Lower Cape. It's informative, engaging and inspirational.
Franklin County CDC announces a CITC matching program with Greenfield Savings Bank. Through the support of Greenfield Savings Bank, Franklin County CDC can boast a 4:1 donation impact to donation ratio through the CITC program.
Asian CDC Youth set up Chinatown street art gallery to spruce up their neighborhood. Check our the article here.
Nuestra CDC's Bartlett Place begins demolition. The Boston Globe covers the final look at all the graffiti art that graced the existing buildings. The Boston Globe followed up on Sunday, June 13 with an editorial on the success of the arts and community activities at Bartlett Yard.
Lawrence CommunityWorks' Movement City hosted a block party on May 29th where a grant from New York Life was presented. Jessica Andors, Executive Director of Lawrence CommunityWorks shared, “We are thrilled to receive New York Life’s investment in Movement City. …New York Life’s commitment to LCW is key to helping us empower our youth here in Lawrence to explore their creative potential, gain job skills and develop dynamic portfolios for college and career.”
CDCs in Boston are stepping up and helping take a significant leadership role understanding, promoting and incorporating health programs and practices throughout the communities in which they work. Check out what CDCs are doing through the Boston Foundation's "Health Starts at Home" initiative. CDCs involved in the program included Urban Edge, The Neighborhood Developers, Madison Park DC, and Nuestra CDC.
Harborlight Community Partners received $2 million make critical improvements to their 35 unit assisted living home, Harborlight House.
MassDevelopment recently created a 6.2 million dollar bond for the creation of Patriot Homes, a development focused on housing United States Veterans in South Boston. Caritas Communities and South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation will use the bond to build 24 units of rental housing for low-income veterans, a much-needed benefit to a community with a reputation of military service.
Congratulations to Madison Park for holding a ribbon cutting on May 12 with Governor Baker and Boston Mayor Walsh to celebrate the opening of the new Tropical Foods.
Jeanne DuBois, former Executive Director of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Center was recently mentioned in a Boston Globe article on leadership transitions in nonprofit organizations. Read more on DBEDC and the other organizations featured here.
MACDC member, Watch Community Development Corporation has developed a thoughtful proposal to use CPA funds for rental voucher program. Read more!
Did you know that 64% of North Shore CDC's housing serves families with children? Learn more about the incredible work of North Shore CDC.
3 Boston CDCs (Allston Brighton CDC, Codman Square NDC, Dorchester Bay EDC) were selected to help lead the Partnership to Improve Community Health's (PICH) "Healthy Community Champions," a national initiative to organize and empower residents to create sustainable changes in healthy food and beverage environments, and active transportation throughout the city's neighborhoods. Overall, twelve organizations were selected for this program.
Island Housing Trust held its 1st business symposium on March 19th. 21 businesses attended to discuss housing solutions for their employees.
Congratulations to Peter Gagliardi, President and CEO of HAP Housing, for being an award recipient at the upcoming Annual Human Relations Award Banquet! The Banquet will be hosted by the National Conference for Community and Justice on June 11, 2015 in Springfield, MA.
WWLP recently posted a video and short article featuring Revitalize CDC's Green-N-Fit Neighborhood Rebuild Event on April 25th. Over 1,200 volunteers and 80 sponsors gathered for the event, helping rebuild the Old Hill Neighborhood in Springfield, one block at a time.
The training event was part of WATCH’s campaign for the city of Waltham to use $3.1 million of its Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds on a rental assistance program that would assist over 800 Waltham families with their housing. There is currently over $20 million in Waltham’s CPA fund. The city’s Community Preservation Committee, which oversees the fund, is required to spend at least 10% of it on community housing. (The balance can be spent on open space and historic preservation.)
During lunch, at the training event, participants made commitments to attend two public meetings of Waltham’s Community Preservation Committee and ask family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to also attend. A number of participants committed to bringing 10 people with them to the hearings – a real act of leadership.
Attending were Legislative Aide to Senator Chang-Diaz Angela Kim Nhien Vo, and State Representative 5th Suffolk District Evandro C. Carvalho. In addition, Board President Daryl Wright, Director of Economic Development Dan DeSantis, Director of Resource Development Meg Flanigan, COO Michelle Green, Director of Resident Initiative Community Organizing Elias Monteiro, and Director of Finance Chuck McVea were in attendance.
Congratulations to Harborlight Community Partner for conducting a great Doughnuts with Delegates session!
Attending were Senator Joan Lovely, Representatives Brad Hill, Jerry Parisella, Leah Cole, Steve Smalley from Senator Tom McGee's office and Barry Pett from Senator Bruce Tarr's. In addition, Harborlight Community Partners were grateful for the strong local representation from Beverly's Mayor Mike Cahill and Planning Director, Aaron Clausen; Fred Mills of the Hamilton Affordable Housing Trust; Josh Anderson of the Wenham Affordable Housing Trust; Karen Sawyer, Peabody's Director of Community Development and Planning; and Housing Advocate and chair of the Gloucester Community Preservation Committee, Stacy Randall.
Congratulations to Madison Park DC & Nuestra CDC for conducting a great Doughnuts with Delegates session!
Attending were Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Russell Holmes, and Rep. Byron Rushing, alongwith community members, Madison Park DC and Nuestra CDC staff.
A new Gloucester Crossing Neighborhood-Wide Needs Assessment shows that 70% of respondents felt the community improved in the past 3 years. The community survey will help North Shore CDC's strategies for community impact in the coming year.
Congratulations to JPNDC for conducting a great Doughnuts with Delegates session!
Attending were State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representative Liz Malia, and Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley, alongwith community members and JPNDC staff.
The Boston Housing Authority is asking for $30 million "to revitalize the Whittier Street public housing development in Roxbury." POAH and Madison Park Development Corporation are the co-developers of the project.
Congratulations to North Shore CDC for conducting a wonderful Doughnuts with their Delegates session!
Attending where 10 state legislators and city councillors, 8 community members, 10 NSCDC staff and 4 program youth!
Chrystal Kornegay, new undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development, was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe. In her interview, Kornegay stressed that she will use the skills she's gained at UrbanEdge for working to alleviate housing insecurity at the state level.
North Shore Community Development Corporation just acquired ten new buildings in the Point neighborhood! These buildings will become 84 new units of housing for the community, expanding their impact to a total of 247 housing units in Salem.
Check out this short article highlighting Hilltown CDC and Valley CDC’s fundraising through #CITC!
Congratulate Susan Davy with MACDC: Susan Davy has just been named the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Urban Edge. She comes to the organization with a background in organizational leadership that numbers over 30 years and will be taking the place of newly appointed Undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development, Chrystal Kornegay.
Beverly Johnson, Founder and President of Bevco Associates, has just been named the first female President and Chairwoman of the Board for the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association.
Check out an additional piece by Nuestra CDC's Executive Dirctor, David Price, on the anti-gentrification movement in Boston.
Van Paul Le, JD has just been named the interim Executive Director for VietAID, effective January 12, 2015. Van carries many distinguished awards, including the Michael C. Rockefeller Fellowship, which allowed him to work in refugee camps with unaccompanied minors in the Philippines. Van will be replacing Nam Pham, who has been chosen by Governor Charlie Baker to serve the Commonwealth as Assistant Secretary in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
Check out Nuestra CDC's Executive Director's, David Price, piece on gentrification in Shelterforce.
Fern Selesnick, Homebuyer Education Coordinator at Valley CDC was recently awarded the 2014 Collaborative Service Award, for maintaining high standards in her homebuyer education courses to the community.
A recent story in Latino USA mentions the work of CEDC in Massachusetts for aiding undocumented immigrants in paying their taxes. According to Latino USA, there are approximately 200,000 that may be able to benefit from these services in the upcoming tax season.
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) releases new strategic direction on December 4th to enhance the Innovation Economy.
Ground Broken for Patriot Homes in South Boston: Through South Boston CDCs work, veterans will soon a new opportunity for affordable housing in the South Boston neighborhood with the ground breaking of the former City of Boston D6 Police Station. Entitled the "Patriot Homes," these 24 units will primarily provide housing for local U.S. Veterans.
WCHR launches Project Homefront: On November 25th, Worchester Community Housing Resources, in collaboration with Bank of America, featured an open house luncheon kickoff for their latest work, Project Homefront. This project works to offer men and women in the armed services with affordable housing for their families. For more information, contact Olivia Cepeda at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Hilltown CDC Executive Director Dave Christopolis, who received the Congressman John W. Olver Scholarship, named in honor of former U.S. Representative John W. Olver who served the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District from 1991 to 2012. The scholarship allows Dave to attend a week long intensive NeighborWorks America training, offered annually to professionals whose work advances the community development philosophies embraced by John Olver during his tenure.
Congratulations to Gail Latimore, Codman Square DC Executive Director and MACDC Board Chair, and Jeanne Dubois, Executive Director of Dorchester Bay EDC, for their recognition by The Boston Foundation as this year's "Change Makers"
Congratulations to Chrystal Kornegay, Executive Director of Urban Edge, and Nam Pham, Executive Director of Viet-AID, for becoming 2015 Barr Fellows!
Congratulations Madison Park Development Corporation for the opening of the new Greenville Apartments in Roxbury! #CDCsWORK
The Urban Edge and Jamaica Plain NDC were recently mentioned for their work in Egleston Square on CityLine 5's segment on communities. LEARN MORE
A great reflection of Main South CDC's work is now being highlighted by WCVB News Channel 5. Check out what they had to say about this #CDCsWORK!
Congratulations to JPNDC and IBA for receiving grants from the inaugural round of The Boston Foundation's Latino Legacy Fund
The Neighborhood Developers welcomed Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to tour their Connect program on Thursday, October 16th. Check out the article in the Boston Globe.
Asian CDC tops off One Greenway! 363 new homes in Boston!
This year's "The Big Fix" event in Yarmouth had a huge turnout for only being a 5 year old tradition. With over 225 volunteers this year alone, the event was able to help elderly members of the community with small home repairs in just a few hours. Congratulations to the Housing Assistance Corporation in Cape Cod and their wonderful volunteers for a job well done!
Franklin County CDC is now packaging vegetables for local schools for the winter! With the recent start of their IQF Nitrogen Freezing Project, the Food Processing Center is able to freeze and package locally grown vegetables to be used long after the harvest season has passed. More on the project here, and how to attend a training session on starting a similar project.
The American Planning Association named Boston's Fields Corner Neighborhood as one of the Top 10 Neighborhoods in the United States. They highlighted MACDC member Viet-AID as one of their reasons for selecting this community.
Jamaica Plain NDC helping preserve local businesses - Coverage by WCVB.
Allston Brighton helps lead the conversation around student housing in their community. Check out a great Boston Globe article covering their work.
Great article in the Boston Globe on Dorchester Bay EDC's partner at the renovated Pearl Meats Factory, Crop Circle Kitchen.
Congratulations to Janelle Chan, Executive Director of Asian CDC, for being listed as one of the "40 Under 40" for this year by the Boston Business Journal! Great recognition for a strong leader in the CDC field.
Listen to Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker highlight the great work of our member Viet-AID in Fields Corner (Starts at minute 7:00 in this rebroadcast from the recent debate http://www.wbur.org/2014/08/13/gop-governor-debate-video).
North Shore CDC just kicked off an $18 million renovation of 77 units across 11 buildings in Salem's Point Neighborhood. It's their largest renovation project yet!
VietAID recently announced four finalists in the Freedom Public Art Project competition to develop artwork for Town Field (also known as Doherty-Gibson Park) in Fields Corner. VietAID, in conjunction with the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund, a public charitable trust administered by the City of Boston and the Boston Art Commission, is commissioning the work to honor the sacrifices made in the name of freedom and to serve as inspiration for the neighborhood's aspirations for freedom from poverty and crime.
The four finalists, selected from a highly competitive pool of 144 artists from 27 states and nine countries, will each be awarded a $2,000 stipend from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund to produce concept designs. The artists will share their designs with the community and solicit comments at a public meeting at VietAID on October 20, 2014. The designs will be on display at the Fields Corner Branch Library following this meeting and will be posted online. The winner will be announced on November 7th.
In New Bedford, the Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) recently gave local regency and business representatives a tour of Acushnet Avenue, a gateway into the city that also serves as a rich hub for small businesses. CEDC is hoping to use the CITC program to help fund additional improvements to the "Avenue."
The MA Division of Banks announced $1.5 million in grants to 11 regional foreclosure prevention centers and 10 organizations involved in first-time homebuyer education. Funding for these grants comes from administrative fees associated with the licensure of mortgage loan originators. This funding resulted from passage of legislation in 2007 that MACDC played a major role in passing, at the onset of the foreclosure crisis.
Twelve MACDC members were among those organizations who received awards:
- Allston Brighton CDC
- Arlington Community Trabajando, Inc.
- Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
- Housing Assistance Corporation
- Lawrence Community Works
- Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
- NeighborWorks Southern Massachusetts
- Oak Hill CDC
- South Middlesex Opportunity Council
- Urban Edge
- Valley CDC
To combat acres of invasive plants and poison ivy in Hyde Park, Southwest Boston CDC got creative. Student's from the organizaton's Green Team proposed the idea of using goats to "landscape" the wooded areas. Southwest Boston CDC is helping cover the costs of four goats, who will feast on the plants in sections of the area for two months. At the end of this pilot program, the overgrown area will be trimmed down, and the plants that are preventing access to the space will be gone, courtsey of the goats. (For the full story, visit the Boston Magazine website.)
SEED Corporation recently closed on four small business loans totaling $1.47 million to Plymouth County businesses (Besthands Construction and Repair in Norton, Coast Automation in Hingham, and Mockingbird Restaurant and Martini Lounge in East Bridgewater). The loans will enable the businesses to start-up, expand and create 20 new jobs. Under various programs, SEED makes loans from $1,000 up to $5.5 million to assist small businesses to grow and create jobs throughout the region.
A recent article in the Boston Globe takes a look at Pine Street Inn's bold choices in the fight against chronic homelessness.
On July 7th, Governor Patrick announced $83.6 million in funding to create 24 affordable housing projects across the state. Projects and developments sponsored by the following 10 MACDC members were among those who received funding:
- Berkshire Housing Development Corporation
- Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
- Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
- Neighorhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
- The Neighborhood Developers
- NeighborWorks of Southern Massachusetts
- Somerville Community Corporation
- South Shore Housing Development Corporation
- Waterfront Historica Area League (WHALE)
Read the official press release for all the details on each funded project.
Learn more about a collaborative project between Southwest Boston CDC and Codman Square CDC: "Will Walsh boot a chance to boost housing in Hyde Park?" - Boston Globe
Nuestra CDC is featured in LISC's "Safe Streets, Strong Communities" video, which is part of LISC's 2013 Annual Report. The video, embedded below, highlights how local community development organizations in Boston are working with neighborhood residents and local police to help reduce crime and ensure everyone's safety.
On June 20th, The Boston Foundation announced the recipients of its quarterly discretionary grants. Boston LISC and the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) were among the organizations receiving grants. LISC received a one-year grant to support the Resilient Communities/Resilient Families Entrepreneurship and Small Business Program. SCC received a one-year general operating grant to support its affordable housing efforts.
Both grants were part of The Boston Foundation's larger strategic initatives to: (1) increase neighborhood stability and the production and preservation of affordable housing for vulnerable populations; and (2) promote the career advancement and economic security of low-income individuals. The full announcement of grantees is available on TBF's website.
On June 11th, Pine Street Inn celebrated its annual graduation ceremony, recognizing the achievements of nearly 100 men and women who completed job training programs in food services, building maintenance and housekeeping. The ceremony also honored more than 200 men and women who moved into housing during the previous year and 227 people who found employment. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gave the commencement address, encouraging the graduates not to give up. (Video of Mayor Walsh's remarks and photos from the event are available on Pine Street's website.)
On June 13th, HAP Housing celebrated the opening of Olympia Oaks, a new 42-unit affordable housing development in Amherst. Working with town officials and other housing advocates, HAP oversaw the project, which includes eight units for extremely low-income households as well as three units that are accessible for people in wheelchairs and three units for people who are hearing impaired.
Eight units will open to renters in July, with the others being rented out as they are completed through the fall. Several state and federal officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting, including U.S. Representative James McGovern, who spoke at the event.
Last week, the City of Salem, working in collaboration with local community development organizations, won an additional $5,000 as part of The Working Cities Challenge. Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the event introduced participating organizations and cities to funders interested in investing in projects and programs within the Commonwealth. The Boston Fed event allowed all gateway cities to pitch to investors, with the best three pitches winning and receiving $5K each. Salem, along with the two other winning cities (Chelsea and Fitchburg), beat out 15 other cities for the grants.
Salem's team, which included the Point Neighborhood Association, the North Shore Community Development Coalition, the North Shore Workforce Investment Board, and Salem State University, will use their grant to support grassroots community engagement, particularly in helping reduce disparities of key socioeconomic characteristics (such as unemployment, poverty, and income) between the Point neighborhood and the City of Salem as a whole.
For more information on The Working Cities Challenge, visit its website, http://www.bostonfed.org/workingcities/.
On Friday, June 13, 2014, Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW) will celebrate the opening of Casa di Anna, an 18-unit affordable housing complex located in Lawrence. The development is named for Anna LoPizzo, a young woman who died during the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912.
LCW staff and board will be joined by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Mayor Daniel Rivera, representatives from MA DHCD, MHIC, NeighborWorks America, the MassHousing Partnerhsip and members of the MA state delegation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. More information about Casa di Anna and all of LCW's work can be found on its website.
Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services welcomed Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary of Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), for an announcement on new opportunities and support for homeownership in Springfield. The event, held on June 11, 2014, included the presentation of grant awards to Springfield NHS and HAP Housing. Springfield NHS will use its grant to build affordable homeownership units in an area of town affected by the June 2011 tornado. Meanwhile, HAP will use its grant to offer first-time homebuyer classes and counseling.
The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation live-tweeted the event, and pictures are available on its Twitter feed.
DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein traveled to another part of the Commonwealth on June 9th, to tour some of the housing properties developed by the Fitchburg Housing Authority and the Leominster Housing Authority (LHA). Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and LHA Gene Capoccia were also in attendance for the tour. Two short videos of Mr. Capoccia's presentation can be viewed here.
On Monday, June 9th, Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the St. Polycarp Village, an 84-unit affordable rental housing development in Somerville. The ceremony was kicked off by Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein; also in attendence were Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano, HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Fields, and Mass Housing Executive Director Tom Gleason.
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) was one of the 2014 Greenovate Boston Award winners. NOAH was one of 11 organizations honored by Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston at the Greenovate Community Summit on May 31st. The winners were selected for their impressive sustainability achievements and commitment to greenovating Boston. NOAH's Community Climate Preparedness project raised awareness of storm surge and climate vulnerability from 12% to 60% in East Boston. Congratulations, NOAH!
In its most recent e-newsletter, the Community Development Partnership did an excellent job of highlighting the CITC program, its benefits and how you can get involved. Thanks, CDP!
In Great Barrington, the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire is using a revolutionary cleanup technique to neutralize polluted land for future development.
Three MACDC members – Harborlight Community Partners, Homeowners Rehab and Urban Edge – will receive “Excellence in Community Development” awards at the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation’s annual meeting, on Monday, June 2, 2014.
The U.S. Small Business Association recently named Maria Gooch-Smith, executive director of the South Eastern Economic Development Corporation (SEED), the 2014 Financial Services Champion for Massachusetts and New England. This award is presented annually to individuals who increase access to financial services for small businesses, by providing financing and advocating on behalf of small businesses.
Urban Edge recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and the debut of its "Lift Me Up" music video.
Check out North Shore CDC's 2013 Community Impact Report. It's infographically awesome!
Congratulations to Asian CDC and the New Boston Fund for breaking ground on the One Greenway project, which is a 21 story tower with 363 units of housing.
Check out a great article in Boston Magazine on how the former Pearl Meats Factory is tranforming into a hub of culinary entrepreneurship.
In March, John Waite, the Executive Director of Franklin County CDC, attended the National Food Hub Conference in Raleigh, NC as a featured presenter. The Franklin County CDC is viewed nationally as a leader in sustainable food and farm circles and the Western MA Food Processing Center is regarded as a model food hub. At the conference John spoke on two panels and you can hear them here. The first addressed how Food Hubs can add-value to local produce through processing, and the other focused on freezing local produce for schools and institutions as a way to extend the season for both farmers and eaters.
Congratulations to Harborlight Community Partners for being named Nonprofit of the Year by Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to Mission Hill NHS for breaking ground on Saturday, March 29th on a 40 unit affordable housing project for the elderly. The project will be LEED Silver certifiable.
North Shore CDC to Offer Home Buying Classes in Spanish: Since 2013, North Shore CDC’s Homebuying 101 course have taught over 100 North Shore residents the in’s and out’s of the home ownership process in Salem, Peabody, and Beverly. This May, North Shore CDC will be offering the Homebuying 101 course in Spanish in Salem’s Point Neighborhood.
On March 7, Worcester Common Ground hosted a Doughnuts with Delegates meeting with Main South CDC and Worcester Community Housing Resources; they met with Senator Harriet Chandler, Representative Daniel Donahue and Representative Mary Keefe.
"Entrepreneurs float ideas for Dudley Square business incubator" - Bay State Banner. Highlights the work and efforts of Nuestra CDC and Dorchester Bay EDC.
Congratulations to the MIDAS Collaborative for being selected as a CFED Learning Cluster Partipant. MIDAS is just 1 of 6 organizations selected out of a 114 applicants!
Nuestra CDC named a finalist for ArtPlace America Creative Placemaking Grant.
Check out Common Capital's CEO's, Chris Sikes, latest post: Take It Back!
Congratulations to North Shore CDC for hosting a great Doughnuts with Your Delegates meeting!
”When I look at Lawrence, I don’t see it the same way other people from outside the city do or others who have given up,” said Jessica Andors, executive director of LCW. “I see it as a very vibrant city with people who have overcome tremendous odds to come to a city rich in history, infrastructure and a fighting spirit. You don’t turn your back on those assets.”
Great article on Lawrence CommunityWorks' in the Eagle Tribune.
Congratulations to Asian CDC for hosting a great Doughnuts with Your Delegates meeting!
Congratulations to NeighborWorks of Southern Mass for hosting a great Doughnuts with Your Delegates meeting!
Congratulations to Jamaica Plain NDC for hosting a great Doughnuts with Your Delegates meeting!
Congratulations to Nuestra CDC and Madison Park Development Corporation for hosting a great Doughnuts with Your Delegates meeting!
Congratulations to MetroWest CDC for hosting a great Doughnuts with Your Delegates meeting!
Great article on the work Dorchester Bay EDC is accomplishing hiring a diversified workforce for their construction projects along Quincy Street in Dorchester with help from another MACDC member, Quincy Geneva CDC.
- North Shore CDC and River House have a great Polar Plunge!
- Check out MACDC's President and Community Development Partnership's Executive Director, Jay Coburn, on WOMR's The Place Matters for a great conversation on the Community Investement Tax Credit
- Congratulations to NeighborWorks Southern Mass for winning the NCDA 2014 Audrey Nelson Award for their Winter Gardens project!
- Great article in The Boston Globe on Dorchester Bay EDC's work at the former Pearl Meats factory: "Renovations and dreams on Quincy Street"
- Community Development Partnership announced on January 8th that their revolving loan fund to help local Cape Cod fisherman received an additional $250,000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to expand the program. With the expanded opportunities, commercial fishermen in the groundfish industry will have access to capital needed to repair vessels, purchase new gear, lease Groundfish quota and refinance fisheries-related debt. The $250,000 in funding for the loans is from the Commonwealth’s Commercial Fisheries Revolving Loan Fund via a federal grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service.
- Congratulations to Madison Park DC and Tropical Foods for completing financing on a major redevelopment project.
- Check out this great map of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation's service area highlighting some of the great work they've accomplished.
- Congratulations to Valley CDC for their recent $100,000 from TD Bank: http://news.westernmassedc.com/articles/1511040/td-charitable-foundation-awards-100-000-to-parsons/
- Congratulations to Philippe Jordi, Executive Director of Island Housing Trust, for winning a Community Preservation Coalition Kuehn Community Preservation Award.
- Great article on Nuestra's Executive Director, David Price, in Harvard Magazine.
- Check out a great article and an editorial about the work the Community Economic Development Center is accomplishing in New Bedford: Community economic group reaches out to 'The Avenue'; Our View: Immigrant entrepreneurs move the economy.
- Check out this video by Valley CDC; it's a compelling way to get people engaged with what they're doing.
- Congratulations to Asian CDC and New Boston Fund, Inc. for closing on a $170 million in financing and a ground lease for One Greenway. This project will product 362 units in new housing in Chinatown.
- Congratulations to the following MACDC members who received funding through the latest DHCD round of funding:
- Father Bill's & MainSpring
- Homeowners Rehab Inc.
- The Neighborhood Developers
- Housing Assistance Corporation
- Lawrence CommunityWorks
- Coalition for a Better Acre
- NeigborWorks South Mass
- Common Ground Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Community Teamwork Inc.
- Congratulations to Viet-Aid as they're "honored for work improving Fields Corner."
- Congratulations to Worcester Common Ground for completing the renovations of 7 Bellevue Street in Worcester: http://www.telegram.com/article/20131103/NEWS/311039988/1237
- 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Inspires Crowd with His Personal Story: READ MORE about MACDC member Charles Rucks, who was awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
- Nuestra Comunidad and the Boston Police Department are excited to announce that they are being recognized with a national MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award for greatly improving the safety and vitality of the Blue Hill Avenue Corridor and the surrounding community. http://nuestracdc.org/news-in-english/161-nuestra-comunidad-receives-national-community-policing-award
- Congratulations to Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation for breaking ground on the Quincy Street Corridor redevelopment project. Articles: http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/news157086.html and http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2013/10/23/hud-secretary-celebrates-dot-project.html?ana=e_bost_real&s=newsletter&ed=2013-10-24
- Welcome Carol Ridge Martinez as Allston Brighton CDCs new Executive Director! Ms. Martinez brings more than 25 years of experience in community development to the organization. Most recently, she has been the Assistant Director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Chelsea, MA. She has also served as the President of the Board of Directors of The Neighborhood Developers, a Chelsea-based organization that is one of the region’s most respected community development corporations. She has also served as Director of Housing in Chelsea and as a Housing Finance Manager for Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. CLICK HERE to read more.
- Congratulations to Steve Teasdale, Executive Director of Main South CDC, for being honored by Clark University for all the incredible work he's and his colleagues at Main South CDC have accomplished in the community. CLICK HERE to read the article.
- Cambridge Is A Model For Affordable Housing Initiatives: Congratulations to HRI and Just-A-Start for their continued hard work and success. CLICK HERE for the Banker and Tradesman article.
- Congratulations to SEED and Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation for receiving CDFI grants.
- "After Great Recession, Olmsted Green Project Gets New Life" - Banker and Tradesman highlight homeownership in Dorchester and the work of Lena Park CDC.
- Marc Dohan, Executive Director of Twin Cities CDC, is a MassINC Gateway Cities Innovator for 2013!
- Congratulations to Charles Rucks, Executive Director of Springfield NHS, for receiving the MNN's Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the conference, titled Solutions 2013: The Intersection of People and Technology, on Tuesday, October 29 at the Sheraton Framingham.
- CLICK HERE to read/listen NPR's piece on Madison Park Development Corporation's self-defense program for women, held this past summer.
- Check out this great article about Nuestra CDC and the arts in Boston: CLICK HERE to go to the Boston Globe article from August 29th, 2013.
- Two CDCS, Quaboag Valley CDC and Twin Cities CDC, and the Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) received great press on the GoLocalWorcester website in the article "Central Mass Businesses Thrive with State Grants + Loans." CLICK HERE to read the article.
More than 30 people, including representatives from 18 CDCs, participated in the first reconvening of the MACDC/LISC Energy Cohort. This is the first formal energy partnership between the two organizations since we convened the CDCs several years ago as LISC launched its Green Retrofit Initiative. At the September 18 Convening, we focused on two timely agenda items. The first was an update on the State's Solar SMART Program presented by Dick Jones of Blue Hub Capital and Ben Underwood of Resonant Energy. They also spoke about the Energy Justice Option to, among other things, better serve low-income households who reside in privately-owned affordable housing. The second agenda item was a presentation by Adam Parker and others from Rocky Mountain Institute's REALIZE Program. They presented its Zero Over Time Initiative, to help property owners and managers move successfully toward highly energy efficient buildings where remaining greenhouse gas emissions are offset by renewable energy generation.
What would you do if someone came up to you and said, “I have an all-in-one solution that can increase your organization’s productivity, reduce costs, and enable you to focus more on your mission?” You would probably be skeptical, or simply ignore the person altogether because it just was an annoying sales pitch with an inevitable catch. Oftentimes, technology, in all its myriad iterations, does this to us daily (I’m not yet convinced that my life would be better if my refrigerator could tell me the weather, or if my stereo system could order laundry detergent just by my talking to it).
That being said, new technology can help advance our work if used thoughtfully and strategically. This article will focus on how technology has transformed MACDC’s operations for the better. Considering that there are many resources addressing ways for nonprofits to increase productivity and reduce costs through IT, I hope not to be repetitive, but rather to highlight how we did it and the succeeding benefits from this effort.
Over the past six years, we’ve progressed as a team to using data collected in real time to help us make decisions. Along the way, we’ve cut our electricity bill in half, reduced our phone bill by $1,500 annually and improved our staff capacity. But this process took time (years, not months), and required that we raise funds, hire consultants, and dedicate time to staff engagement and training. The result, however, is significant. While we’re a small team of eleven staff with a $1.5 million annual operating budget, we’re higher performing and have more time to focus on our mission.
I thought I would share three key learnings that are central to MACDC’s approach to operations and IT:
- It’s not about technology, but people;
- Be current, not cutting edge;
- Climb hills, not mountains.
It’s not about technology, but people
“Do you know what you call a leader with no followers? Just a guy taking a walk.”- Vice President Russell, The West Wing
There’s comfort and stability in doing something the same way you’ve done it for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way, especially when it comes to technology. At MACDC, we knew that we needed to update our data management technology, systems, procedures and culture. We also knew that we could not do it all at once. So even after we made the decision to switch to Salesforce, we didn’t make the move immediately, nor did we have all the organization’s programs and operations move over at the same time.
We started by building Excel spreadsheets that captured much of the data eighteen months before we began to move these business functions into Salesforce. Why? It’s often easier to update and change an Excel spreadsheet than it is to change workflows and processes in Salesforce (This also makes the formal discovery phase less arduous and filled with guesswork). You’re able to engage with staff at the beginning of the migration process where you’re defining what the processes will be in the first place. You’re able to begin reinforcing new behavior immediately and the staff are bought in to the changes. Finally, even though I was leading the project, I wasn’t in charge of managing the capturing of the data; leadership of this work went to another staff member and allowed for additional project team ownership.
Even with the level of engagement that comes with staff helping lead the change, expect more time to be spent on training and support than building out the system technologically. Each person learns differently and has different strengths and weaknesses. This sounds like common sense, and it is. But it’s worth mentioning because you need to plan time for multiple trainings and then extra time for one-on-one sessions. It’s also important to have your organization’s leadership attend all the trainings. Everyone is busy, but if you want significant institutional change to occur, you need your executive director engaged and actively learning with the team.
Be current, not cutting edge
When do you stop fixing your old car, I mean, file server?
You’ve probably had an old car that at a certain point is just too old to keep repairing. You need to buy new tires, but the cost of the tires will be more than the value of the car itself. Maybe there’s some nostalgia, memories of a spontaneous road trip, or the time it took to save the money to buy the car in the first place that keeps you from moving on. You can say this about your first car, but have you ever said that about your clunker of a file server?
This was an important lesson for us. It’s just too expensive to be on your outdated file server. We were presented with a challenge that needed to be quickly resolved. Our file server was approaching 95% capacity and the machine was, I believe, more than 7 years old. It had lived a good life and had done its job well, but it was time to move on. We had a decision to make: move to the cloud or not. Well, the decision was easy given that ordering a new server didn’t align with our goal of being current in our technology without being cutting edge. Cloud services by late 2015 were well developed and had significant adoption. We were able to review capabilities and decide with high confidence of the technology’s stability.
Running outdated systems, such as an aged, on-site file server, means paying to maintain the physical hardware in your office, which requires secured facilities, climate control, regular maintenance, monitoring and backups that often require onsite visits by an IT professional. Our old solution was not only more expensive than our current solution, but it didn’t provide nearly as many features that moving to the cloud provides. Many nonprofits have moved to the cloud; it’s just common sense and there are many providers of cloud services that meet the needs of your organization. Remember, you may love your old car, but that old server is just wasting money, staff capacity, and mission success capabilities.
Start by climbing hills, not mountains
Don’t run marathons before you can run a 5K.
MACDC’s tech overhaul didn’t start with mapping business processes that would be used to build out Salesforce. Rather, we started with moving from our file server to the cloud. We didn’t just copy and paste thousands of files either. We decided to organize our files going forward according to our lines of business. In the past, our server was messy; it likely had much more structure in the beginning than it did after many years of use by staff and interns. Our new model is still working very well after three plus years; staff do an excellent job of making sure files are well organized. Because we had so much storage space in the cloud, we moved all our old files to the cloud too, but there’s a rule: You can’t edit a file that’s archived. If you edit the file, it must be saved into the current file directory. This isn’t a personnel policy, but a tech “rule.” Staff simply cannot save a file to Archives.
A tidal wave of change
“Fear is the mind killer.” – from Dune by Frank Herbert
I don’t believe many people work for nonprofits because they love operations or IT. You’re likely here because there’s a driver within you, maybe in your spirit or soul, that wants to contribute to our world that exceeds earning a wage for your efforts. But a nonprofit is a complex system that requires solid operations to run smoothly with current IT yielding results greater than antiquated technology. Unfortunately, IT can be confusing, freeze up and not work, and especially when it’s first launched, have bugs. Even so, we’re in an era that requires us to adapt far more quickly to significant changes in the ways we work and it’s only going to continue to accelerate. I think it’s worth it to seize upon our IT insecurities and find ways to build efficiencies into our operational systems. Through this process, you’ll likely reduce costs, restructure operations to be more efficient and increase your focus on mission success.
Thanks to the generosity and support of the MACDC board and staff, I was able to take a two-month summer sabbatical this year – my first full summer vacation in a very long time. I was able to spend lots of time with various family members, read books, travel, and enjoy countless hours of biking, swimming and hiking! For those wondering “what did you do all summer” I figured that I would share some of the highlights.
Syracuse - The sabbatical started with a 4-day trip to Syracuse to see my dad. My wife Dina and I picked up our son Mike in Albany and drove to Syracuse to hang with my dad and his partner. On the way back to Boston, we packed up Mike’s apartment in Albany (he had just quit his job) and brought him home to continue his search for a job in New York City.
Backpacking - After celebrating the 4th of July in Boston (including attending the Rolling Stones Concert at Gillette Stadium!), I flew to Idaho to meet up with my brother for a backpacking trip in the White Clouds & Saw Tooth Mountain area. The scenery was incredible; it was great to hang out with my brother; the hiking was challenging but not exhausting; and I was able to sleep (sort of) on the ground in my tiny tent!
Boston - I then had 11 days in Boston with no travel. This was certainly the longest “stay-cation” of my life but I was able to get into a routine of biking, swimming, reading, visiting with a few friends and helping my son with his job search (mostly nagging).
My Dad's Birthday - In late July, my family and my brother’s family met up with my dad and his partner in Beacon, NY (the Hudson Valley region) to spend a weekend celebrating his 93rd birthday by going to not one, but two art museums (he loves art!) It was great for him to catch up with all four of his grandchildren and for the cousins to reconnect for the first time in many months. His quote of the day: “Birthdays are fun – I should have more of them!” I agree!
Cape Cod - Dina and I finally were able to take our own vacation on Cape Cod in early August (she was NOT on sabbatical after all!). We were unable to go last year so it was great to be back on the beaches where we only had two shark alerts! My Dad and Paula spent a couple of days with us (yes, our third visit of the summer!) and then Mike made a surprise visit as well to tell us that he had accepted a job offer from the New Israel Fund in New York City!
Reading books – not memos - After the Cape, we came back to Boston for a few more days of hanging around. I was able to make progress on my goal of reading more books than I usually do. Over the course of the summer, I was able to read: Washington Black, the Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street), The Bluest Eye, Evicted, Just Mercy, and Say Nothing. I enjoyed some good podcasts (check out Crimetown to learn about the mob in Providence) and TV shows (City on a Hill; Six Feet Under) and watched a fair number of Red Sox games (although not as many as I would have thought) Of course, none of this interfered with biking or swimming (or both) virtually every day I was in town. I don’t think I swam so much during the summer since I worked as a lifeguard in 1984!
Glacier National Park - My next adventure was to go to Montana with my sons Mike and Josh. We started our trip in Kalispel where we attended our first ever Rodeo. The scene was exactly what you might imagine with lots of families, women wearing awesome boots and men wearing their cowboy hats. There was much pageantry, including honoring our military and recognizing Native American heritage and culture. The competition was either incredible or awful, depending on your view of Rodeos, but it was definitely a great opportunity to experience a different piece of American culture. My kids loved it. We then spent four days hiking in Glacier National Park. We saw amazing scenery, lots of wildlife (including a Wolverine!) and walked along and over the Continental Divide. Spending four days hiking with my kids was a great way to spend time together (no cell phone service!), create memories and share new experiences. My son called the trip “magical” and it was.
Seattle - The three of us then drove to Seattle and they got to see for the first time how expansive and empty the American West can be. In Seattle, we met up with Dina and most of her family so we could celebrate her sister’s 60th birthday.
My Sabbatical Buddy - One special treat this summer was spending time with my 23-year-old son Mike. As noted, he quit his job on the same day that my sabbatical began and he began his new job with the New Israel Fund on the same day that I returned to work so we were both home and “unemployed” for the same 9 weeks! He has been in Albany for the past five years so we have not had nearly so much time to hang out and honestly, we will probably never have a summer like this again. We talked, we played basketball, we ate, we cooked (Dina loved coming home to our (mostly his) meals!), we worked on his job search and then his apartment search. Dina says he was my “sabbatical buddy”! It was bittersweet to drive him to New York City on Labor Day weekend and help him set up his new apartment in Astoria, Queens. I am proud that he had the courage to quit a job he disliked, to pursue something that he really cares about (peace and democracy in Israel) and to take on the adventure of living in New York. But I’m really going to miss having him around.
If you are wondering whether I really avoided work during the sabbatical, the answer is “mostly”. While I contacted the staff on one or two occasions early on, I did not talk/email/text with any staff for the last five or six weeks. Yes, I occasionally checked my email, but I did not respond to them and very much enjoyed reading an email and saying to myself “I don’t have to deal with that!” Overall, I’ve been pretty checked out and was able to enjoy my summer without thinking about work very much.
None of this would have been possible if MACDC did not have such a terrific and dedicated staff. I want to especially thank Shirronda Almeida for serving as interim executive director and to everyone on the staff who picked up my workload over the summer. I think it was a great learning opportunity for them and the experience will make our organization stronger, more stable and better prepared for the future.
I am eager to get back to work (starting with those emails and memos that are waiting for me) and I am excited about our agenda for this fall. But if you catch me day dreaming at a meeting, you can probably guess that I’ll be reliving my summer memories!