January 2016 

A Note from Jay
A Promising Year Ahead

While winter is the "quiet time" for many Lower Cape residents, for the staff and Board of the CDP it's our busy time. And we have lots in store for the New Year!

You can read more below about our new Director of Economic Development, Glen Ohlund. He brings over 25 years of experience in community economic development to the CDP and the Lower Cape. Our Economic Development team is busy launching our new Loan Fund for shellfishing businesses. They're also running the twice monthly Orleans Winter Farmers' Market and planning our spring Grow Smart Workshop.

In the New Year, we have been able to expand the reach of our Housing Rehabilitation Program to the Town of Eastham.  After a several year hiatus, the Town of Eastham received Community Development Block Grant funds for this program. The program helps low to moderate income home owners with deferred maintenance and energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. You can learn more about this program in this issue of our E-news.

Earlier this month, we were pleased to help three Outer Cape residents find an affordable place to live. Residents took occupancy in brand new affordable one bedroom apartments at 26 Alden Street in Provincetown. These three affordable homes are part of the renovation of the Grace Gouveia building. For years this building served low income residents of Provincetown as the "poor house," later as a nursing home and most recently as the Council on Aging. It is fitting that the redevelopment of the building includes six market rate residential condominiums and three affordable homes!

As always, thank you for your interest and support,

To Our Supporters
We couldn't do the work we do without these investments from our community and we thank them!

Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing

We couldn't have done this on our own 
Brooke and her daughter 

Lifelong Cape Codder, Brooke Virginski was facing challenges with her drafty home in Harwich. The home, built in 1976, is where Brooke grew up. She inherited it from her Mom and was living there with her daughter. Over the years, the list of repairs needed to the home grew-including the roof, windows and doors. Unable to make the repairs herself, Brooke sought help. She heard about the Housing Rehabilitation Program from a friend and decided to reach out. As she says, "I was skeptical at first. I c ouldn't believe there was a program that was going to help me fix my home for free with no strings attached."  Keep Reading.

GlenStrong Local Businesses
New Director Brings Wealth of Experience
Glen Ohlund
We are pleased to welcome Glen Ohlund as the Director of Economic Development. Glen has considerable experience in community-based economic development. Most recently he was employed as TD Bank's Community Development Manager for Northern New England. In that role he developed and maintained key partnerships with community based organizations. He also acted as the Bank's contact and subject matter expert on community development issues. As part of the management team, he participated in planning to ensure the bank worked towards various Community Reinvestment Act goals, including lending guidelines for residential mortgage and small business loans to low and moderate income customers. Read more about Glen here.

Glen o
fficially started on January 11th 2016. Please join us in welcoming him. 

ShellfishLoanFundA Sustainable Future     
Shellfish Loan Fund
Shellfish grant
Wellfleet flats

In partnership with Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc. (SPAT), we are pleased to announce the launch of the Shellfish Loan Fund.

"This is a perfect partnership to support growing shellfishing businesses with access to capital," said Jay Coburn, CDP Executive Director. "Shellfishing is one of the most promising business sectors on the Lower Cape since it can provide a steady income and help improve water quality. We are proud to be working with SPAT on this new loan fund."

The Shellfish Loan Fund will finance working capital and operational expenses
to support shellfishing a nd aquaculture businesses as they start-up and grow. Read more here. 

upcomingongoingUpcoming and Ongoing

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, February 18th and Wednesday, March 16th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).  
Where: CDP Conference Room  3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Sign Up: capecdp.org
More Information: Contact Pam at 508-240-7873 x18 or by email

OWFMOrleans Winter Farmers' Market
 Next Markets: Saturday, February 6th and Saturday, February 20th


GrowSmartGrow Smart
Do you have a strong business but know you need to improve on one or two things?

Join us for a workshop series for existing business interested in growing, improving or refreshing their business. Working in a confidential setting, business owners will be able to address current issues that challenge them on a day to day basis, including:
  • Understanding the financial health of your business
  • Making more money
  • Managing employees and professional services
  • Setting up systems
  • Balancing home and work 
When: This is a three-session workshop being held on Thursdays, March 3rd, 10th and 17th from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM.  
Where: CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Sign Up: capecdp.org
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

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*    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.   
When: The workshop consists of three classes on the following date s--Wednesday, April 20th; Monday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 27th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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
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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 alice@capecdp.org. If you have questions and for more information. You can also find out more on our website.   
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, choosing a quality contractor, and oversight of the work. 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.   

Radio Show
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       92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR   
 Wednesdays 12:30pm  
Also on Lower Cape TV 

Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests for a lunchtime
talk about life on Lower Cape Cod.

February 3rd: Jason Stoots from E2 Solar Inc. and Eric Saftler from Blue Selenium Solar, LLC discuss the solar options are available to you and what all the solar lingo means .

February 24th:
James Barnes, Director of Cape Abilities Farm talks about their farming operations.   
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E-newsletter Photo Credits to Abigail Chapman

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