Monthly news & updates from the Community Development Partnership
April 2017

A Note from Jay
Getting Involved
One of the greatest strengths of the CDP is the involvement of people like you in the work we do to support small businesses and create more affordable homes here on the Lower Cape. You help us make a difference!

The CDP programs and services have all been designed to respond to the needs of our community thanks to the active work of volunteers. I want to tell you more about some of the opportunities we have available to get involved.
Share your expertise! Our volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council guide us by sharing their knowledge. Through participation on program committees and on the Board, they add tremendous value the the organization. And it's a great opportunity to expand your network. We have a few open seats on our Board of Directors and we are interested in adding members to our Advisory Council. If you would like to learn more, I'd welcome hearing from you.
Walk the Walk! July 10th, 11th & 12th the CDP will take part in the 25th Annual Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk. We are looking for businesses to sponsor the event and for volunteers to walk with us. In these capacities, you are helping us raise awareness and much needed funds for our housing initiatives here at the CDP.

Join us! And on August 23rd, we will celebrate our 25th Anniversary at our Summer Evening on the Farm Event at Halcyon Farm in Brewster. Please save the date and plan to join us for a memorable evening in this beautiful setting.

I hope the stories featured this month will inspire you to get involved in helping us to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape.
Don't hesitate to connect with me to learn more.     

As always, thank you for your interest and support.

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

Our appreciation to these businesses for sponsoring us in this year's Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk:

Seamen's Bank logo




Safe, Stable, & Affordable Housing
Meet Wayne Clark

When Wayne Clark returned to the Cape after being away for 14 years, it was under difficult circumstances. He had recently been released from a hospital in Connecticut, struggling with alcohol addiction. Working on his sobriety, he was attending AA meetings. It was there that someone referred him to Canal House. After applying and being accepted, he entered and lived there for a year.
Strong Local Businesses 
Is your product ready for market? 

If you have a food product that's too good not to be shared, we have a resource for you. Our upcoming two-day workshop, "Bringing your Food Product to Market", is brimming with useful tips. Learn from the experts about research and development; packaging and labeling; health and safety and more. And hear first-hand experiences from local business owners at various stages of growing their own food based businesses. Don't wait any longer - time to get that product to market! Learn more and register.
A Sustainable Future
Water, water everywhere

We recently came across this unique tool that helps you estimate your water usage. The tool was developed by Grace Communications Foundation. The value is that it provides the user with a snapshot of how daily activities impact water use. The process involves answering a series of specific questions, each including informative bites of information. And at the end, you receive an analysis with some useful tips for how you might use less. It's pretty eye-opening. Try it out yourself.

Upcoming and Ongoing
Orleans Winter Farmers' Market
Join us for the last Market of the season - this Saturday, April 29th!

When & Where: Every Saturday through April from 9 AM to Noon at the Nauset Regional Middle School - 70 Route 28 in Orleans.
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
Dennis Council on Aging & Senior Center - Tuesday, May 9th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM  Find Out More

Truro Council on Aging Health Fair & Blood Drive - Thursday, May 11th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  Find Out More
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: Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, June 15th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).  CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.
Online First Time Homebuyer Education 
Seamen's Bank logo

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, June 26th 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

Thankful Chases Pathway
Affordable Housing Opportunities 
Affordable Rentals 
We manage 73 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.
May 3rd: Leedara Zola, Director of Land Acquisition and Project Permitting for Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod; Paul Ruchinskas, Affordable Housing Consultant; and CDP Executive Director, Jay Coburn, give a primer on affordable housing development.

May 10th:
Kevin Rice, Artist Director and Education Director for Payomet Performing Arts Center shares information about the upcoming season.

May 17th:
Horticulture and Agriculture are the focus for this show with guest, Russell Norton from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.  
Click Here to Listen to or Watch Past Shows
If you have an idea for a guest or topic - Contact Moira
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.