November 2016 


A Note from Jay
Supporting a healthy, vibrant community

For all of us, regardless of where we fall on the political spectrum, trying to remain positively engaged in the important issues facing our nation, and the world, has been dispiriting.  For me, what has been most frustrating is that the national debate about solutions to income inequality has been short on specific proposals about how to empower families and communities to improve the lives of all citizens.  The economic issues related to an economy that leaves many of our neighbors behind are issues we struggle with here on the Lower Cape.

We are all well aware of the lack of affordable places to live in our community, and of the challenge of making ends meet in our seasonal, largely service based economy.  A vast majority of the residents of our affordable homes work full time, yet don't earn enough to afford a place to live - a dynamic compounded by our region's housing market, driven by seasonal buyers and renters earning their living off Cape.  And I believe we are all committed to taking action to address climate changes and preserve this beautiful place we call home.

My take away from the election is that the work we do at the CDP, creating opportunities for people to work, live and thrive on the Lower Cape, is essential to the health and vibrancy of our community.  While what happens in Washington matters, the reality is that what we do every day at the CDP is where the rubber hits the road. 

Helping a young entrepreneur with a dream start a business by providing training, technical assistance and access to capital is how we create opportunity on the Lower Cape. 

Keeping low-income families and seniors in their homes through our Housing Rehabilitation Program is how we're making a difference.  We're preserving their affordable homes for the next generation, and often making them more energy efficient too. 

What is happening in communities across the country - neighbors helping neighbors, embracing and valuing diversity, caring about our fragile environment - makes for stronger communities.  Our work at the CDP is built on these values and this is how we'll build a stronger and healthier Lower Cape community too.

Your financial support of the CDP makes it possible for us to provide homes for 75 families. Your investment in our community helps small businesses grow and create jobs.  Your contribution allows families to prepare for home ownership.  Help us do even more for our community in the coming year with a gift to the CDP.


As always, thank you for your interest and support.

Thank You
To Our Supporters 
We couldn't do the work we do without this support from our community and we thank them!  
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Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing
Stay safely in your home
Join us to learn more about opportunities available through our Housing Rehabilitation program.

We're holding information sessions on two upcoming dates - Friday, December 2nd from 1-2:30 PM at the Wellfleet Council on Aging and Tuesday, December 13th from 1:30-3:00 PM at the Truro Council on Aging.
Funds are available to eligible residents to pay for critical home repairs, like:

Roofing and siding  Lead Pain Abatement 
Windows & Doors  Heating & Plumbing Work 
Minor Structural Repairs  Energy Efficiency Upgrades 
Get expert assistance on planning the work and work with quality licensed and insured contractors. Funding is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Don't wait! Find out more about the program on our website - or contact Jean at (508) 240-7873 X14 or  .
Strong Local Businesses
Watch this video to l earn about our programs and services focused on strengthening local small businesses

You can find out even more on our new website -   

 A Sustainable Future   
Orleans Winter Farmers' Market Returns

It's BACK! We're pleased to announce the return of the Orleans Winter Farmers' Market for its third season. And this season, the Market is going weekly right through the winter! As a weekly Market, it will feature more vendors and a larger variety of products. The first Market is this Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to Noon at the Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans.

This year the market will be co-managed with the Orleans Farmers' Market - sponsors of the Cape's oldest farmers' market.

"We think the collaboration with the Orleans Farmers' Market will allow us to provide an even better winter market for our community," said Jay Coburn, CDP Executive Director. Each of the markets (winter and summer) have a similar mission and cross-over with vendors, joining forces to offer a weekly winter market just made sense. Together, we'll be able to provide access to fresh, nutritious local food throughout the year."

Demonstrating their commitment to the health of our community Cape Cod Healthcare is the title sponsor of the Market for the third year.

You'll be pleased to hear that many of your favorite vendors will be back this winter, and we'll have some new ones too! Check out the Market's Facebook page for regular updates throughout the season. You can also sign up to receive a monthly Market update via email - click here and check the Orleans Winter Farmers' Market box after you fill in your information.

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SCORE Individual Business Counseling
Could your business use some extra guidance? Want to bounce business ideas off of someone? The CDP has arranged with Cape Cod SCORE to offer Individual Business Counseling with SCORE counselors right here in Eastham. Sign up today!

Thursday, December 15th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).  
Where: CDP Conference Room  3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Sign Up:
More Information: Contact Pam at 508-240-7873 x18 or by email.

 First Time Home Buyer Education
If you or someone you know is thinking of buying a first home (or even if you've started the process), our First Time Home Buyer Education is for you! During this 3-part workshop, participants learn about - credit health; budgeting; looking for, selecting & purchasing a home; home inspection; home energy audits; insurance protection; local resources.

Those who successfully complete the class are awarded a certificate of completion that may make them eligible for certain discount mortgage products.
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With Thanks to our Workshop Sponsor

The workshop consists of three classes on the following dates - Monday, December 5th, Thursday, Wednesday, December 7th and Monday, December 12th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  
Where:  CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mecantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Register Today!
Find Out More: Contact Andrea at 508-240-7873 x10 or by email.

Record Keeping and QuickBooks 
Record keeping is more than just for tax preparation. Find out why and review different record keeping options to help you identify the right method for you.

Our introduction to QuickBooks will include setting it up correctly at the start, and navigating the program so that you have pieces to get you started and keep you going.

The class is available to all levels, even if you are using another method or program. Come see if QuickBooks is right for you.

When: The workshop consists of two classes on the following dates - Tuesday, January 10th and Tuesday, January 17th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  
Where:  CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Register Today!
Find Out More: Contact Pam at 508-240-7873 x18 or by email.

Attention General Contractors
We Have Work!

We're looking for CSL contractors to bid on moderate rehab projects in Dennis, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.

Projects range from $25,000-$35,000

Work includes roofing, siding, windows, doors, boilers, electrical, plumbing & more. RRP is a must - Moderate Risk deleading, a plus.

If you or someone you know is interested learning more about how to join our team of contractors, get in touch with Jean at 508-240-7873 x14 or by email.

Affordable Housing Opportunities
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Affordable Rentals 
We manage 75 rental homes throughout the Lower Cape. Availability changes on a regular basis. Please contact our Director of Property Management at 508.240.7873 ×17 or email If you have questions and for more information. You can also find out more on our   website.   

Radio Show
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Also on Lower Cape TV 

Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests for a lunchtime
talk about life on Lower Cape Cod.
November 30th: Noelle Pina, Executive Director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, share information about what's happening in Orleans.

  December 7th: CDP Executive Director, Jay Coburn is joined by CDP Board Member, Angelina Bologna to share some accomplishments from 2016, as well as what's in store for 2017.

December 14th: Milisa Moses of Salt Cellar Shop (Orleans Winter Farmer's Market Vendor) and Andrea Aldana, the CDP's Business and Homeownership Programs  Manager talk about the return of the Orleans Winter Farmers' Market.

December 21st:  The Family Pantry of Cape Cod Executive Director, Christine Menard, joins us to talk about the organization's mobile pantries, as well as their many upcoming programs.

  Click Here to Listen to or Watch Past Shows  

If you have an idea for a guest or topic - Contact us 

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