A Note from Jay
Let Your Voice Be Heard
While it may not feel like Spring on the Lower Cape, we know Spring is here because it is time for Annual Town Meetings and local elections! For the past few weeks, and continuing into May, each one of the eight towns on the Lower Cape will hold their Annual Town Meeting - truly the purest form of democracy. Select Board Members are up for election, along with other local elected officials. As a supporter of the Community Development Partnership, I know that you are deeply committed to the sustainability and strength of our Lower Cape Community. I hope you will make the time to attend your Annual Town Meeting and show up at the ballot box.
The collective decisions made at our Town Meetings have a significant impact on the work we do at the Community Development Partnership to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape. This year many towns are deciding on issues of great importance to our efforts to create affordable homes. Town Meeting voters will consider Community Preservation Act funding to build specific developments and to hire housing consultants to help Towns create more housing. In other Towns, important changes to zoning by-laws will affect our community's ability to start or grow businesses and create jobs.
As a Select Board Member in the Town of Truro, I am appreciative that so many of our citizens attend Town Meeting. But I'm also saddened that too many of our residents, particularly young people with families or neighbors who struggle to make ends meet, don't get to Town Meeting and miss having their voices heard. Our communities are stronger when we all participate. I hope you will make your voice heard.
As always, thank you for your interest and support.
Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing
Walking to Support Affordable Homes
|Some of our 2015 Walk Team
For the 11th year in a row, we'll be participating in the Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk. This annual 100.3-mile, seven-day Walk raises money to help families from becoming homeless, to prevent homes from being foreclosed on, to help homeless families access housing, and to help disabled find decent, safe and affordable housing.
Right now we're building our team and we'd love for you to join us! We'll be walking the Lower Cape portion of the route, which takes place beginning on Monday, July 11th - Wednesday, July 17th. We're raising money to increase support service opportunities for residents in our 75 affordable rental homes.
We have both Sponsorship and Walker opportunities. You can find out more information by clicking here. Or contact Moira at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 240-7873 x25.
Orleans Winter Farmers' Market Completes Season Two
Strong Local Businesses
What a fantastic season it was! Year two reconfirmed how important access to local food and local products in the Winter is to our community.
The average number of vendors at each Market increased by 15%--providing more variety for consumers. The average number of visitors at each Market also increased by 15%--providing more exposure for local growing and production businesses. Market sales were up 26%--injecting more revenue into the local economy. Overall, the season was a success.
It is important to note that participating Market vendors are able to and encouraged to take advantage of the business assistance provided by our staff. Whether it be guidance with a business plan, financial strategy, a micro loan or someone to bounce ideas off of, we're here to help strengthen these businesses so vital to our economy.
The Market will be back in December. In the meantime, check out all of the AMAZING summer markets, many opening soon. You can find the details in Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod's local food guide by clicking here. Happy healthy eating!
A Sustainable Future
We couldn't be more excited to announce that the sun has helped us to earn $100,000 as a result of the work completed through our Real Return Initiative since it was launched five years ago.
As you may recall, this Initiative included expanding the use of renewable energy through solar power. We installed 250 solar panels on 5 of our affordable rental properties. We also made energy efficiency upgrades that included include high efficiency boilers, low-flow water fixtures and Energy Star appliances. Re-roofing and re-siding rounded out the improvements.
The residents at some of our properties are saving an average of $100 per month on utilities during the winter. And the money we've earned is used to continue to re-invest in our properties in order to make them sustainable for the long-term.
Upcoming and Ongoing
We are seeking a Property Management Intern. This full-time or part-time position will be an Assistant to the Director of Property Management. Responsibilities include managing several special projects in support of the day-to-day management of seventy five units of affordable rental homes on Cape Cod. The Intern will work with the Director to update resident waiting lists, perform annual marketing and advertising, conduct annual inspections of properties, update/purge resident files, upload files to financing agencies, and update resident contact information.
To apply and for more information, please contact Alice Demoracski, Director of Property Management at email@example.com or call 508-240-7873 x17.
SCORE Individual Business Counseling
Could your business use some extra guidance? Want to bounce business ideas off of someone? The
has arranged with
Cape Cod SCORE
to offer Individual Business Counseling with
counselors right here in Eastham.
Sign up today!
Wednesday, May 25th and Thursday, June 16th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).
More Information: Contact Pam at 508-240-7873 x18 or by
Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop
During the morning session, learn the fundamentals of planning, preparing for and financing your business. The afternoon will focus on understanding financial statement and how they help to determine the health of your business.
Thursday, May 12th from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Session 1: 9 AM-Noon and Session 2: 1-4 PM)
Where: Eastern Bank - 375 Iyannough Road, Hyannis
More Info. and Registration:
Contact SEED Corporation at 508-822- 1020 x318
Affordable Housing Opportunities
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
Housing Rehabilitation Program
Attention homeowners and landlords! Receive up to $35,000 for critical repairs to your home. Repairs include, but are not limited to roofing, heat, windows, siding, septic, lead paint abatement and 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.
Opportunities in Dennis, Harwich, Eastham,
Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.
You can find out more at our website or by contacting our Housing Rehab Program Manager, Jean Stanley at (508) 240-7873 x14 or by email.
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