A Note from Jay
Learning for Our Community
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work here at the CDP is listening to our clients, residents, community & business leaders, elected/appointed officials and donors in order to gain a deeper understanding of their concerns for our region.
As a community development corporation, the CDP is deeply committed to engaging with a broad range of folks to help us set priorities and develop & refine our programs. We are required to do this to receive Community Investment Tax Credits. But it is also part of our DNA--it makes us effective as an organization.
We connect with our community in several ways:
- The CDP's Board of Directors is a diverse group of 16 individuals representing each of the eight towns we serve. Board members include a micro-loan client, a resident of one of our affordable homes, business leaders, a Select Board member and members who work with our low to moderate income neighbors.
- Our 60+ member Advisory Council serves as our brain trust and cheer leading squad! The Advisory Council, established in 2014, is a broad and diverse group of volunteers who serve on some of our committees and consult with CDP staff on ad-hoc projects. Most importantly, they broaden our reach across the Lower Cape, serve as our eyes and ears and help us better understand the affordable housing and economic development challenges we face.
- We work collaboratively with other non-profits and belong to coalitions on the local, regional and state level working to address the needs of all members of our community.
- And equally important are the CDP's donors and members who not only share their financial resources but also their passion, energy and creativity to help us create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape.
Thanks for being part of the
Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing
Changing Lives and Building Community
Beth Wade has been involved with local causes supporting affordable housing for over a decade. The first way she became engaged was through a telethon with the Friends of Chatham Affordable Housing. She said, "It was their first fundraiser and ended up being quite successful. I was completely and utterly immersed and I've been involved in supporting affordable housing in one way or another ever since."
Some of the ways she has been involved include as a former member of the CDP's Resource Development Committee, as well as a current member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Housing and Asset Management Committee. Beth has also had a significant role with a local organization supporting individuals who have been homeless or near to homeless,
CHAMP Homes of Cape Cod.
Beth first started with CHAMP Homes as a volunteer, then became a Board Member and eventually Board President. In 2013 she joined the staff as the Director of Outreach and Marketing, and just over one year ago become the organization's Executive Director. CHAMP Homes provides a home for formerly homeless individuals, along with spiritual guidance and life skills training. They also advocate for neglected and marginalized people in our Cape Cod community.
Workshop Series an Important Resource for Growing Businesses
Strong Local Businesses
Our Grow Smart workshop series is helping to keep growing small businesses on track. Working in a confidential setting with a team of experts, business owners are able to address current issues that challenge them on a day to day basis, like: understanding the financial health of the business; making more money; managing employees and professional services; setting up systems; balancing home and work.
Devon Ruesch, of Devon's in Provincetown, participated in the workshop series la
st fall. He said, "The
workshop is a great tool for learning new skills and resources. It also
provides networking opportunities with other small business owners, making one feel less alone with the obstacles of running a business in the challenging Cape Cod market. The speakers were super knowledgeable and engaging. I would highly recommend the class."
The workshop speakers include Rick Miller - Rick Miller Business Consulting, Peter Karlson - NeuEon and Christine Cox - Interim
The Grow Smart workshop is generously spons
nk of Cape Cod.
"We understand how important it is to support our small businesses here on the Cape," said Joel Crowell, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. "By providing business loans and a full suite of business products and services, we strive every day to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors. Training is an important part of supporting our business community, and we're happy to partner with The Community Development Partnership to provide these workshops."
The workshop includes three-sessions, starting on
Thursday, March 3
rd from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM in the
CDP Conference Room
- 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.
Find Out More and Register
A Sustainable Future
During these colder winter months we thought it would be useful to provide some tips for you to make your home or business more energy efficient. And we didn't have to look far for some expert advice. Our own Director of Housing & Energy Efficiency Programs, Abigail Chapman, shared the following information:
If you're on the Cape, you want to start by calling the Cape Light Compact or visiting their website. It's the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to get started. Their vendor will perform a FREE energy audit on your home or business. Based on what they find, they will give you a proposal with suggestions of things you can do to make your home or business more energy efficient, including what it will cost. And if there are rebates or other incentives available, they'll note that too.
Here are some of the areas of your home that will be focused on during an energy audit:
1) The "Building Envelope" - These are the parts of the house that separate you from the great outdoors. During an energy audit, a blower test will be done to determine where air might be leaking out of the house. Such a test will inform whether you need more insulation, any air sealing, and upgraded doors and/or windows.
2) Basement Mechanics - An energy audit will inform what level of efficiency your furnace or boiler is working at. If it's under 78% efficiency, it may be worth looking into a new one. There are now systems that work at 95% efficiency.
3) Around the House - The efficiency of your refrigerator will be tested, along with a recommendation for whether it's more cost effective to buy a new one. There will be an opportunity for all your light bulbs to be replaced (at no charge) with more energy efficient ones. And free low flow shower heads and faucet aerators
Keep reading for more useful tips.
Upcoming and Ongoing
Orleans Winter Farmers' Market
Next Markets: Saturdays, March 5th and March 19th
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, March 16th and Wednesday, April 13th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).
More Information: Contact Pam at 508-240-7873 x18 or by
Housing Rehabilitation Program Information Session
Need some help with home repairs?
Join us for an information session at the Provincetown Council on Aging to learn about opportunities available through the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Funds are available to eligible residents to pay for critical home repairs, like:
Monday, March 28th 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
- Roofing and siding
- Heating and plumbing work
- Structural repairs
- Lead paint abatement
- Energy efficiency upgrades
Where: Provincetown Council on Aging - 2 mayflower Street, Provincetown
More Information: Contact Jean at 508-240-7873 x14 or by
Join us to celebrate at our 25th Annual Meeting! This year we'll be at the
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster
on Wednesday, April 14th 2016. The evening starts at 5:30 PM with light appetizers provided by
and a cash bar. Our business meeting and awards ceremony begins at approximately 6:00 PM. We are delighted to present our annual awards to distinguished members of our community. And to introduce you to some of the people we've helped to grow a business or find a safe, affordable, year-round place to live.
We do hope to see you there as we celebrate the ways we're working together to strengthen our Lower Cape community.
Click here for pictures from last year's Meeting
Thursday, April 14th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - 869 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster
More Information: Contact Moira at 508-240-7873 x25 or by
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:
When: The workshop
consists of three classes on the
s--Wednesday, April 20th; Monday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 27th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
* Credit Health
* 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.
CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Sign Me Up: capecdp.org
Find Out More:
Contact Andrea at 508-240-7873 x10 or by email .
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.
Tune In to This Place Matters
92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR
Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests for a lunchtime
talk about life on Lower Cape Cod.
Click Here to Listen to or Watch Past Shows
Representative Sarah Peake
discusses the FY17 legislative budget, as well as some economic development and affordable housing priorities for the coming year.
Jimmy Jones and Patrick Ellis of the
join us to talk about snow plowing and the other important work of the Department of Public Works.
Michael Lach, Executive Director of the
Harwich Conservation Trust
and two local farmers share information about the 7th Annual Meet Your Local Farmers event, scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd.
Learn all about
from organization President, Peter Lancellotti. He talks about the events, opportunities and other activities of this vibrant group
James Barnes, Director of
Cape Abilities Farm
talks about their farming operations.
If you have an idea for a guest or topic -
E-newsletter Photo Credits to Abigail Chapman
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