Cover Art by Nancy Marks
2020 Annual Meeting November 19, 2020
We Thank Our Generous Sponsors Presenting Sponsor
Platinum Boston Private JPMorgan Chase & Co. MHIC Massachusetts Housing Partnership NeighborWorks America The Boston Foundation United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Gold Capital One Dellbrook Construction Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp. WinnCompanies Silver Archer Consulting M&T Bank Dedham Savings Needham Bank Dorchester Bay EDC NEI General Contracting Harborlight Community Partners Peabody Properties, Inc. Kevin P. Martin & Associates Tufts Health Plan Klein Hornig, LLP Wingate Management Company Bronze Licata Risk Advisors AAFCPAs MassDevelopment Cambridge Trust Munkenbeck Consulting CEDAC New Ecology, Inc. CHAPA POAH Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston TD Bank Fenway CDC Franklin County CDC
Our Mission Statement MACDC is a membership organization that seeks to build and sustain a high performing and adaptive community development sector that is supported by private and public investment and sound public policies. We advance racial and economic equity by creating healthy communities where everyone lives in housing they can afford, benefits from economic opportunities and can fully participate in the civic life of their community. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Core Priorities Build the power and voice of lower-income people and people of color to shape the future of their communities and their own lives; Expand affordable housing in places where low- and moderate-income people can thrive; Reduce income and wealth inequality across the state; Drive the convergence of community development and community health; Promote racial equity within the field and the Commonwealth. Major Program Areas
– Providing technical assistance, peer learning, and other supports to members; 2. Advocacy and System Reform – Leveraging our collective power to fight for policies and system reforms that help our members achieve their work locally and help expand economic opportunity and racial justice throughout our Commonwealth; 3. Mel King Institute for Community Building – Offering high quality training and support to professional community developers, board members, community leaders and everyone else involved in our field; 4. Research and Innovation – Conducting research about and for our field while promoting/supporting innovation in the field. 1. Member Services
Board Elections Returning Board Members (terms expire Fall 2020) 1. Gail Latimore, Codman Square NDC (Boston) 2. Marc Dohan, NewVue Communities (Central) 3. Robert Corley, NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (Southeast) 4. David Christopolis, Hilltown CDC (West) 5. Mickey Northcutt, North Shore CDC (Northeast) 6. Angie Liou, Asian CDC (at-large) 7. Leslie Reid, Madison Park DC (at-large) 8. Teri Bernert, Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (Southeast) 9. Kimberly Lyle, Dorchester Bay EDC (Boston) 10. Emilio Dorcely, Urban Edge (Boston) Nominees to Serve 2020-2022 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.
Colleen Loveless, Revitalize CDC (West) Juan Bonilla, Lawrence CommunityWorks (at-large) Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (at-large) Jennifer Van Campen, Metro West CD (at-large) Rafael Mares, The Neighborhood Developers (Greater Boston) Katherine Martinez, Lena Park CDC (Boston) Gonzalo Puigbo, Somerville CC (Greater Boston)* Casey Starr, Main South CDC (Central)* Suneeth John, Fenway CDC (Boston)* Nominees to Serve as MACDC Officers Chair – David Christopolis, Hilltown CDC Vice Chair – Angie Liou, Asian CDC Treasurer – Mickey Northcutt, North Shore CDC Clerk – Jennifer Van Campen, Metro West CD
Thank you to Richard Thal, Steve Teasdale and Meridith Levy for your years of service on the MACDC Board of Directors *new board members
The Class of 2020
Frank Carvalho, Mill Cities Community Investments Executive Director for 12 years
Richard Thal, Jamaica Plain NDC Executive Director for 26 years
Tim Geller, CDC of South Berkshire Executive Director for 18 years
Joanne Campbell, Valley CDC Executive Director for 22 years
Dominick Marcigliano, Worcester Community Housing Resources Executive Director for 14 years
Danny LeBlanc, Somerville Community Corporation CEO for 20 years
Peter Gagliardi, Way Finders 29 years at HAP/Way Finders
Thank you for your service to the Community Development field!
The Ricanne Hadrian Award Francisco Ramos, NewVue Communities Originally from Mexico, Francisco came to the United States in 1983 and has lived here ever since. Francisco has been a Community Organizer for more than thirty years and has organized both in Illinois and in Massachusetts. He joined NewVue Communities in 2018 and immediately engaged the organization in training several hundred leaders to be a force for change through the Community Stewards program. In 2018 the program graduated 10 residents and since that time has graduated Organizing Stewards, Neighborhood Stewards, Art Stewards, Financial Stewards, Health Stewards, Junior Stewards, and Education Stewards. In 2019, 71 leaders graduated from the program and so far in 2020, 115 stewards completed six trainings. This work has been transformative for NewVue Communities, for Fitchburg, and for the region. Francisco has a bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Administration and has almost completed a master’s degree of Arts in Theological Studies. He has three children, is married and lives in Clinton, Massachusetts.
Rising Stars Will Monson, Homeowners’ Rehab, Inc. Will joined HRI as a Project Manager in July 2017 as part of the 2017-19 Kuehn Fellowship program. While at HRI, he has helped with several projects in Cambridge: the rehabilitation and financing of Auburn Park (60 units), the financing of Concord Highlands (98 units, new construction), and the financing and rehabilitation of 808 Memorial Drive (300 units.) This very complicated project included mixed-income units, 38,000 SF of commercial space, a 265 car garage, a condominium structure for various uses, tenant involement in land ownership, ground lease and subleases, LIHPRHA, new Section 8, old Section 8, bond financing ($75 million), LIHTC equity ($35 million).Will grasped it all and worked well with all parties. He has a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and was involved in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition, both as a participant in 2016 and a student coordinator in 2017. He also plays saxophone in a band of urban planners. We agree with his nominator: “This guy is no flash in the pan.”
Rising Stars JaVonica Latson, Quincy Geneva/New Vision CDC
Even though JaVonica is a part-time Resident Service Coordinator at Quincy Geneva New Vision CDC, she has taken on a leadership role. During the pandemic she helped to feed over 400 residents and put together a presentation on the RAFT application process for new employees. She works hard to show residents that she is a stepping stool to help them get up the rest of the ladder by themselves. JaVonica’s spark for community and civic engagement began when she volunteered throughout high school at Goodwill’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebrations to feed the homeless and disabled. While attending Manhattanville College she volunteered in the weekly Midnight Run Program, feeding the homeless in New York City. Javonica was born and raised in Boston and is a proud Dorchester resident. She considers her 2-year-old daughter her greatest accomplishment and works to set an example for her by showing respect and love for others regardless of their differences. Sarah Jenness, Fenway CDC
Sarah grew up in Lynn, MA and moved to the Fenway neighborhood of Boston in 2015, while she was working at Simmons College and getting her master’s degree in public policy. After completing her master’s in 2017, Sarah joined the Fenway CDC Organizing Committee, which was a great way to meet her neighbors and support more affordable housing in the neighborhood. Sarah joined the Fenway CDC board in spring of 2019 and this summer proposed a new committee, the Racial and Housing Justice Committee, in an effort to ensure that racial justice is explicitly centered in Fenway CDC’s work. Sarah is a recognized face in the neighborhood. She has become a community leader for many in the Fenway because of her ability to make her neighbors in the Fenway feel heard and seen. Her unique willingness “to go to bat” for anyone, regardless of issue or challenge, makes her a true rising star in the Fenway. Sarah currently works as a Senior Program Manager at JFF (Jobs for the Future), a national non-profit organization focused on ensuring equitable opportunities for economic advancement through education and workforce development. Joining the Fenway CDC Board of Directors has furthered Sarah’s understanding of the interconnected nature of social justice issues and she is grateful to see the positive impact the Fenway CDC has on the community and local politics.
Member Services By the Numbers July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 Membership • 60 Voting Members • 54 CITC participants • 31 Associate Members Membership Engagement • • • •
39 events attended by MACDC staff 52 site visits by MACDC staff 124 technical assistance engagements with members (35 COVID-related calls) 62 Members who received at least one form of member engagement
Peer Groups and Programs • • • • •
100 total meetings, peer groups and events 77 peer group meetings attended by 2,082 people 15 Mel King Institute Meetings 22 CDCs participating in the Suburban and Small Town Housing Caucus 16 CDCs buying insurance through MACDC/Eastern Insurance Program
Active MACDC Peer Groups and Committees • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Boston Committee CITC Peer Group Community Organizers’ Peer Group Energy Cohort Health Equity Committee Housing and Real Estate Peer Group Operations and Technology Peer Group Policy Committee Resident Services Coordinators’ Peer Group Small Business COVID-19 Response Group Small Business Peer Group Suburban and Small Town Housing Caucus Western Mass Community Development Collaborative
The 2020 GOALs Report Growing Opportunities, Assets, and Leaders
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1,543 Homes Built or Preserved 4,162 Job Opportunities Created or Preserved 1,256 Entrepreneurs Received Technical Assistance 70,016 Families Supported with Housing, Jobs, or Other Services 1,724 Community Leaders Engaged $918.1 M Invested in Local Communities Read the 2020 GOALs Report here.
MACDC Policy Achievements 2020 • Secured at least $4 million for Small Business Technical Assistance in FY 21 on top of a 50% increase in FY 20. • Secured $70 million so far in Small Business grants, with another $35 million pending. • Met with Governor Baker’s Reopening Panel to make recommendations regarding the reopening that would help small businesses compete and survive. • Organized efforts to lobby our Congressional Delegation for essential improvements to the PPP program, many of which were subsequently adopted. • Joined with others to win passage of the most comprehensive eviction moratorium in the country, which blocked virtually all evictions from March to October. • Advocated for eviction prevention measures that culminated in a $171 million Eviction Diversion Initiative program announced by Governor Baker in October. While insufficient to meet the full need, this is a significant commitment to addressing the problem. • Secured $6 million for a program to help CDCs replenish operating reserves that are drained due to COVID-19 expenses and reduced rental income. • Secured $5 million for the Get the Lead Out program to reduce lead poisoning among children. • Secured $750,000 to launch the Neighborhood Stabilization Hub which will provide support to Gateway Cities dealing with vacant and unhealthy housing. • Joined with MPHA and other health equity advocates to push for a range of public health policies to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19. • DHCD provided $8 million in Community Investment Tax Credit allocations to CDCs in 2020 and is poised to offer up to $10 million in 2021.
Current Policy Campaigns The Economic Development bill is pending in a House/Senate Conference Committee and is expected to pass by the end of 2020. The final bill could include several MACDC priorities, including: • House & Senate bills have $75 million and $80 million respectively for small business funding; • House and Senate bills include Housing Choice legislation; • House and Senate bills have $40 million for Neighborhood Stabilization program; • House bill includes Tenant Opportunity to Purchase legislation for which we are advocating. The FY 2021 budget is still pending, and we are working to: • Secure legislative approval for Governor Baker’s proposal for an additional $98.3 million in additional small business funding in the FY 21 budget; • Secure increased funding for Chapter 206 homeownership and foreclosure counseling. • Streamline the RAFT program and increase protections for tenants. The HERO Campaign continues as we push to enact the Housing & Environment Revenue Opportunities bill that would double the current deeds excise fees to ensure a dedicated funding stream of more than $300 million annually, split between Climate and Housing investments. The City of Boston’s Home Rule Petition to strengthen its inclusionary development policy and its linkage program remains pending in the State House and we continue to push for its adoption by the end of the session.
Upcoming Learning Opportunities Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Systems (MEPFP) Training: Dec 1-4, 2020; 9:00am-12:00pm EST
The mechanical parts of a building, whether a single family house or a high rise, are generally the most complicated and least understood aspects of a building. Poorly selected, badly specified or improperly installed systems are not all uncommon and are extremely costly and time-consuming to repair. This seminar will help real estate practitioners gain some basic tips and practices to avoid mistakes and to have assurances the dollars are invested properly. Virtual Community Engagement Training: December 10, 2020; 9:00am 12:00pm EST
This training will allow you to connect with other engagement practitioners who are navigating the new normal of virtual participation. Together we can learn how to utilize methods and strategies to increase the impact and effectiveness of your engagement. This training will also allow us to reflect on the challenges that different engagement practitioners are sharing in this moment. Introduction to Census Data: Finding the Numbers You Need: January 13, 2021; 10:00am-12:00pm EST
This introductory-level, hands-on workshop will help you learn about some of the latest online tools available to help you assemble, analyze, and present data from the U.S. Census for your own community; special attention to descriptive data for nonprofits and community development organizations working on neighborhood-level planning projects, service delivery, grant-writing, and affordable housing development. Introduction to Community Economic Development: January 27, 2021; 9:00am-12:00pm EST
This course will provide an overview of contemporary community development including its values, goals, theory of change and strategies. The day is designed to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting community developers today. Find out more about our trainings HERE.
Community Development Mentoring Program The Mentoring Program is designed to promote and support a culture of learning and mentoring within the community development field. The program is for mid to senior level professionals who demonstrate leadership potential, for advancement and growth into positions of leadership and authority, by facilitating effective and meaningful relationships between and amongst community development professionals. The program has a racial equity lens by looking at the implicit bias and racism that exists in our work.
*NEW* The 2020 - 2021 Mentoring Program cycle focuses on professionals
in Housing. This is part of our work to support the pipeline of non-profit Project Managers, Real Estate Directors, Asset Managers, Property Managers, etc. joining the community development field. Our goal is to inspire networks of professionals and support professionals of color in housing careers. Learn more about the program HERE.
Public Housing Training Program (PHTP) Update As we enter Year 5 of the Public Housing Training Program, we are on firm footing to continue providing learning opportunities for residents to enhance their capacity to effectively participate at their Housing Authorities. We continue to provide specialized training for residents who serve on Housing Authority boards, while our new Resident Leader curriculum reaches residents during COVID through an online training series designed to help residents form or strengthen tenant groups.
FY20 Accomplishments • • • • •
Trained 45 Resident Board Members at twelve trainings Trained 22 Resident Leaders at two in-person trainings Trained 31 Resident Leaders online Updated the Resident Leader Curriculum Launched a Peer Connector program during COVID-19 which reached 130+ residents
November 19, 2020