Harborlight Community Partners’ 2015 Legislative Coffee was held on February 27th at Harborlight House in Beverly. We thank all those who, despite the obstacles of massive snow on the ground, were able to attend. We hope information we have linked here provides a follow up of the housing issues covered for both those in attendance and those who missed.
We were really honored by the presence of Senator Joan Lovely, Representatives Brad Hill, Jerry Parisella, Leah Cole, and to Steve Smalley from Senator Tom McGee’s office and Barry Pett from Senator Bruce Tarr’s.
In addition, we were grateful for the strong local representation from Beverly’s Mayor Mike Cahill and Planning Director, Aaron Clausen; Fred Mills of the Hamilton Affordable Housing Trust; Josh Anderson of the Wenham Affordable Housing Trust; Karen Sawyer, Peabody’s Director of Community Development and Planning; and Housing Advocate and chair of the Gloucester Community Preservation Committee, Stacy Randall.
Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Community Partners provided an overview and asked for support of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) 2015-2016 state policy agenda priorities and the following bills: An Act Relative to Housing Production; HD3173 sponsored by Rep. Hohan (Fact Sheet); An Act to Sustain Community Preservation Revenue; HD2943 & SD670 Rep. Kulik and Sen. Stone Creem (Fact Sheet).
Andrew also expressed our thanks for legislative support of the Community Investment Tax Credit. The continued stewardship of this program will secure $12 million annually for high-impact, resident-led community development. Harborlight Community Partners was awarded $110,000.00 in tax credits for 2015 and will be using these tax credits to provide quality housing and supportive services for low income elders and families living in our area communities.
Also highlighted were several of Harborlight Community Partner’s recent accomplishments and projects in the works: Turtle Creek $4M Renovation and award of DHCD funding for Harborlight House’s renovation (Beverly); Maple Woods, a proposed affordable senior housing complex (Wenham); critical repairs needed at two H.E.A.R.T Homes (Peabody).
Throughout the morning discussion the emphasis was on the importance to develop more affordable housing for seniors and families in our local communities, and ways in which Harborlight Community Partners can be a resource and a partner to help the region and individual cities and towns meet their housing goals. (Click here to read Andrew’s full program remarks)
We were excited to share Harborlight Community Partners’ goals and initiatives for the coming year and look forward to reporting on our continued accomplishments, including how we further the mission of affordable housing in our communities with the Community Investment Tax Credits, at our 2016 Legislative Coffee.