News & offerings from the Community Development Partnership
April 2018

A Word from Jay ...
A year ago, we launched the Cape Community Housing Partnership - an ambitious project that we hoped would result in our Lower Cape Towns taking bold action to address the affordable housing crisis in our  region. 

Last fall we trained 70 elected and appointed municipal officials through the Cape Housing Institute - a six part training program designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to advance the production of affordable housing in their communities.

The final session of the Institute provided an opportunity for participants to focus on what they could do in the coming months in their communities. 

I'm pleased to report that the results have been amazing. Over the next few weeks, Annual Town Meetings will focus on a number of innovative initiatives designed to make progress on affordable housing. A few examples:
  • Orleans will consider "1% for Housing" a proposal to dedicate 1% of the Town's annual budget to the Affordable Housing Trust - to be used to support housing projects in the future.
  • Brewster is proposing to acquire a piece of land that will unlock a 15 acre land locked parcel primed for affordable housing development.
  • Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Provincetown and Truro are proposing to dedicate Community Preservation Funding to hire housing specialists or consultants.
  • Truro voted to transfer $200K in free cash their Housing Trust and Wellfleet approved $100,000 in funding for 65 units of affordable housing in Eastham - a great example of regional collaboration.
There is tremendous momentum in addressing our affordable housing crisis and I'm so proud that our Housing Institute has helped to create it.

As always,
Jay - short
Annual Meeting Celebrates Community 
and Elects 5 New Board Members
It was a great evening at Karoo Restaurant.  The CDP held its 27th Annual Meeting on March 29 where over 75 members listened as participants from the CDPs Housing Institute/Housing Advocacy Training shared their experience, honored local citizens, and elected five new members to the CDP Board of Directors.

After an hour of catching up with friends over drinks and hors d'oeuvres, the crowd moved upstairs for the formal meeting.

Andrea Aldana, Director of Housing Advocacy, kicked off the program with a panel discussion highlighting the CDPs recently completed Housing Institute for elected & appointed officials and Housing Advocacy Training. Participants shared what they learned through their experience and what they are doing as a result of their new knowledge and skills. An impressive number of initiatives will be debated at spring Annual Town Meetings thanks to the energy created by the CDPs Cape Community Housing Partnership.

Housing Advocacy panel discussion

See who was honored and who was elected!

Supporting Local Businesses
Where Are They Now?
Talking Threads is Ready to Grow

"The CDP has been a great sounding board and is great fo r instilling confidence."     
Carol Hayward,  Owner, Talking T hreads

When Carol Hayward bought Talking Threads, a custom embroidery business, sixteen years ago, it had been run on a part-time basis out of a storefront on Brackett Road in Eastham. It is now a growing business that has expanded to include silk screening and is operated out of Hayward's home.

Hayward is a CDP regular, participating in numerous workshops, taking advantage of technical assistant mentoring opportunities and most recently applying for a small business professional services grant.

Providing Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing
Gift of $15,000 from Atlantic Bay Sotheby's International Realty Will Support Housing Rehabilitation Program

 "Cape Cod is our home, and we feel very strongly about giving back to the community and supporting other year round Cape Cod residents."
Emily Flax, Co-Owner Atlantic Bay Sotheby's Intern ational Realty

CDP Board President Ben DeRuyter, Emily Flax and David Nicolau of Atlantic Bay Sotheby's International Realty, and CDP CEO Jay Coburn.

We are so grate ful for a $15,000 gift from Atlantic Bay Sotheby's International Realty in support of the CDP's Housing Rehabilitation Program.

The CDP's Ho using Rehabilitation program helps low-income home owners make vital repairs to their homes and has aided over 400 families over the past 14 years.  Local contractors have been engaged to complete more than $9.6 million in renovation projects.

This year the CDP has available up to $40,000 in funds for income eligible residents in Dennis, Harwich, Eastham, Truro and Provincetown to pay for critical home repairs. In addition to repairing roofing, siding, windows, doors, heating and plumbing, the program covers minor structural repairs and lead paint abatement. Additionally, the program incorporates energy efficient upgrades whenever possible which also helps to lower ongoing heating costs to homeowners, thereby easing the burden of home ownership.

Upcoming Events and Workshops  
What:  In Person Homebuyer Meeting for
On-Line First Time Home Buyer Participants

Where: CDP Conference Room

When:  May 21st -  6:00-7:00 PM

The Online Homebuyer Education course is for first time buyers who are unable to attend an in-person workshop. The course provides information on budgeting, looking for, selecting, and purchasing a home. The In-person Homebuyer Meeting is a mandatory component of the online education.

This program is sponsored by Seamen's Bank.

Need some help with home repairs?
Join us to learn about opportunities available through the Housing
Rehabilitation Program.
Housing Rehabilitation Info Session:
Truro Council on Aging
Tuesday, May 8 from 1:30 - 2:30

Funds are available to eligible residents in Dennis, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown to pay for critical home repairs, like:
       Roofing and siding
       Heating and plumbing work
       Minor structural repairs
       Lead paint abatement
       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!

Contact  Jean at (508) 240-7873 x14 or to find out more.

S CORE Business Counseling
Looking for practical business wisdom? The CDP has arranged with Cape Cod SCORE to offer Individual Business Counseling with SCORE counselors right here in Eastham.

When & Where:
One hour mentoring sessions will be available on:
Wednesday, May 23
 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM
CDP Conference Room, 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.

This Place Matters
 our bi-weekly radio & television show
Tune in
 92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR    
 Wednesdays 12:30pm
                 Also on Lower Cape TV

Join host Jay Coburn & guests to learn more
about activities affecting the people and places on the Lower and Outer Cape Cod.

May 2 :  
Mary deBartolo of The Local Scoop and Lucas Dinwiddie of Halcyon Farm share how they have shaped their business this past year and what lies ahead.

May 16
Andrea Aldana, director of Housing Advocacy at the CDP and Angelina Bologna, CDP Board Member and affordable housing client share the results of the recent advocacy training.

Click Here to Listen to or Watch Past Shows
If you have an idea for a guest or topic - Contact Britt Beedenbender
We Need a Volunteer...
We are looking for someone to help us with scheduling and guest coordination for our radio and TV show "This Place Matters."

In addition to reaching out to guests and maintaining the schedule, you would work with LCTV staff to coordinate tapings.

Can be done from your home on your schedule. 30-45 minutes per week.

If you are interested, call or email Britt at or 508-240-7873 x25.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.