Monthly news & updates from the Community Development Partnership
June 2017

A Note from Jay
Community Housing Partnership  
There's an affordable housing crisis on the Cape. Seasonal and vacation dynamics drive the housing market beyond the reach of many who live and work locally year round. It's a community problem and we need a community solution.

Working in partnership with Housing Assistance Corporation, we're pleased to announce the launch of the Cape Community Housing Partnership. It's a comprehensive community-based strategy to build public support for affordable housing. We will equip low- to moderate-income residents, business & community leaders and local elected & appointed officials with the knowledge and skills to support the creation of more affordable housing on Lower Cape Cod.

The three-part strategy includes:

*    Cape Housing Institute - A six session series of workshops designed to give municipal leaders and town staff the support, training and technical help they need to make better decisions about land use policy and housing development.

*    Advocacy Training - A training program for community members to empower advocates for affordable housing. Participants will receive training in leadership, organizing and public speaking.

*    Public Education - An education and media campaign, to inform the public about the need for more affordable housing options and build broader community support.

We'll be sharing more in the coming months. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive updates by clicking on this link -

You can also read more in this morning's Cape Cod Times article. And tune into this week's edition of Sunday Journal to learn more. Click here for air times and channels.

As always, thank you for your interest and support.

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Thank You
Your generous gifts are what make our work possible. Thank you for supporting our community!

Thanks to our First Time Homebuyer workshop presenters:

Brian K. Tilton, The Building Inspector of Cape Cod  
Christopher Hedetniemi, HUB International New England  
Diane Pansire, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank - Brewster Branch  
Lisa V. Still, Esquire, Cape Cod Title & Escrow, P.C.  
Melanie White, Kinlin Grover R.E. - Brewster  
Morgan B. McCarthy, Cape Cod Title & Escrow, P.C.  
Ryan P. O'Connell, Rogers & Gray Insurance  
William Carey, Citizen's Bank - Hyannis Branch 

Safe, Stable, & Affordable Housing
Farewell to Abigail

We bid a fond farewell this month to Abigail Chapman, our Director of Housing & Energy Efficiency Programs. Abigail was an integral part of the CDP's success over the past seven years. She was the lead in developing Thankful Chases Pathways, our award winning, LEED Platinum affordable housing development in West Harwich. 

The Real Return also happened under Abigail's leadership. Through this innovative initiative over 200 solar panels were installed on five of our affordable housing buildings. The income generated from the panels was used to finance energy efficiency upgrades and other critical repairs to 40 of our affordable rentals. For the past 3 years, Abigail has directed our Housing Rehabilitation program, helping over 100 families rehabilitate their homes with no-payment, no-interest forgivable loans. And, she is responsible for most of the photography we are able to share in our e-newsletters, on our website, in publications and via social media.

We wish her much success in her new position at Cape Associates.
Strong Local Businesses 
Welcome Ann 

We're pleased to welcome Ann Robinson to our tea m as the Director of Economic Development. Ann is responsible for leadi ng the efforts of the CDP's Business & Credit programs. She brings with her a grea t depth of experience, and new ideas. Prior to joining the CDP, she served for 22 years as the Executive Director for Community Capital Fund, a co mmunity development financial institution located in Bridgeport, CT. During her time with Community Capital Fund, Ann led the organization's work to provide loans to support affordable housing development, as well as the expan sion of small businesses.

When asked what she was looking forward to in her new role, Ann said, "I have worked with different types of small businesses for many years but never fishermen. I'm excited to learn about a whole new industry. I'm looking forward to finding new ways to support this vital part of our local economy."

You can read more about Ann here.  
A Sustainable Future
Peg Grant

My home is warmer with new windows and a furnace. I have been able to lower my thermostat.
Margaret Grant, Homeowner
Preserving homes through rehabilitation

$512,118 - that is the amount that was spent on energy efficiency upgrades through our Housing Rehabilitation program in 2016.

The goal of the program is to preserve existing affordable homes and rentals for year round living. The energy efficiency work is a significant component for two reasons. The first, we're able to increase the affordability of homes for low and moderate income individuals through energy savings. At the same time, the energy being conserved is helping to protect our natural environment.

Upcoming and Ongoing
Online First Time Homebuyer Education 
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Workshop Sponsor
This 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 program consists of self-paced online modules to be completed at home, as well and one in-person group counseling session. Satisfactory completion of both the online modules and the group counseling session are mandatory in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Group counseling sessions are scheduled as needed and Pre-Registration is required.

With support from the Giving Circle Fund
There will be a counseling session on Monday, July 3rd from 6-8 PM. This will be the last session until the Fall and hence the last opportunity to get a certificate through the online program. Contact Andrea for more details at (508) 240-7873 x10 or

25th Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk 
We're walking to raise money to support safe, affordable year-round housing on the Lower Cape.

For twenty four summers, walkers representing various non-profit housing agencies on Cape Cod have walked the entire length of the Cape, through all 15 towns, to raise money for a variety of housing programs. 

We'll be walking the Lower Cape portion of the route, which takes place beginning on Monday, July 10th - Wednesday, July 12th. We'd love your support!

Housing Rehabilitation Program: Information Sessions  
We have sessions coming up to learn about opportunities available through the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Funds are available to eligible residents to pay for critical home repairs, like:

Roofing and Siding
Lead Paint Abatement
Minor Structural Repairs
Heating and Plumbing
Windows and Doors
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Truro Council on Aging - Wednesday, July 12th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
S CORE 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!

When & Where: Thursday, July 20th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).  CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.
4th Annual Summer Evening on the Farm
& Farm to Table Feast 
Join us for an evening to celebrate the Community Development Partnership - 25 years creating opportunities for people to live, work, & thrive on the Lower Cape.

The night will start with our 4th Annual Summer Evening on the Farm from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Halcyon Farm in Brewster. Enjoy tasty local bites and drinks in this beautiful farm setting. Meet some of the CDP Founders and individuals we've worked with over the years. Network with others interested in a strong Lower Cape community. And learn about the CDP's future plans.

Can't get enough? Continue the evening with an intimate farm-to-table dinner at Sunbird Kitchen (85 Route 6A in Orleans). Our Farm to Table Feast will feature 3-courses prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including wine and beer pairings. Learn where the food comes from and how it's prepared! Starting at 7:30 PM.

When: Wednesday, August 23rd at 5:00 PM
Thankful Chases Pathway
Affordable Housing Opportunities 
Affordable Rentals 
We manage 72 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.

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 and work with quality licensed and insured contractors. Funding is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Opportunities in South Dennis, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.

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

Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests to learn more
about people and places on Lower Cape Cod.

June 28th: Horticulture and Agriculture are the focus for this show with guest, Russell Norton from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension 

July 5th: Michele Insley, Executive Director of Wellfleet SPAT, and Aquaculturist, Andrew Cummings, discuss their planned Aquaculture Grant tours.

July 12th: Hadley Luddy from Homeless Prevention Council shares information about their Resident Support Services program.

July 19th: Claire Desilets from the Barnstable County Beekeepers Association shares the buzz on bees. 
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