Housing Equity’s Future: Moving from Debate to Productive Dialogue

December 15th, 2014 by

by Joe Kriesberg and Jason Reece

A robust debate erupted on Shelterforce in response to Miriam Axel-Lute’s article,“The Dangerous Rhetoric of Escaping to Opportunity”, with strongly worded opinions flowing from both sides of the mobility and place based debate.

As practitioners who were involved in this vigorous conversation and referenced in the article, we had a series of private discussions about our perspectives and concerns regarding the place vs mobility debate.

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MACDC Second Annual Photo Contest

November 24th, 2014 by



Deadline: Friday, December 5, 2014

MACDC is hosting its second annual Member Photo Contest to celebrate visual representations of the impact our members are having in the diverse communities that they serve.


Submission Details:

There are three categories for photo submissions, based on the three points in MACDC's CDC Theory of Change:

  1. Building Communities
  2. Improving Places
  3. Transforming Lives

All submitted photos must fit in one of these categories. Within each category, photos can demonstrate improvements to neighborhoods or homes (before/after shots), feature community meetings and/or group activities, or highlight a specific program or leader.

MACDC staff will evaluate the photos based on a variety of factors, including creativity, storytelling power, composition, and relevance to the submission categories. 


Who May Enter:

The photo contest is open to all MACDC Members and Associate Members.  The photos can be taken by staff, board members, residents or professional photographers.  If the photo was taken by a community resident or youth leader, please let us know. Photos from any year will be accepted.



MACDC will choose one (1) first-place winner for each of the three categories.  Each winning organization will receive a $200 gift card.  MACDC will announce the winning organizations and display their photos online Monday, December 15, 2014.


How to Enter:

  • Photos must be submitted via email to John Fitterer at MACDC ( by Friday, December 5, 2014.
  • Each entry must include a completed and signed Release Form for Photographs, permitting MACDC to reuse the photo(s) on our website and other promotional materials. Organizations can submit as many photos as they like. 
  • Photos must be high-resolution digital files, submitted electronically in a .JPG, .TIF, or .ESP format.
  • Each photo entry email must include the name of the organization submitting the photo, the name of the person who took the photo, the location of the photo subject, and a description of the project or activity shown in the photo.


Questions? Contact John Fitterer for more information - - (617) 379-5924

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MACDC President, Joe Kriesberg, Wins National Award

November 20th, 2014 by

Pictured:  Shirronda Almeida, MACDC Director of Member Services (Left); Joe Kriesberg, MACDC President (Center); Danny LeBlanc, Executive Director, Somerville CC (Right)

San Antonio, Texas - State and regional association leaders from across the country selected Massachusetts Association of Community Development Association (MACDC) President Joe Kriesberg as the winner of their top industry award. Kriesberg was presented with the Diane Sterner Award for Community Development Association Leadership at the annual summit of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) on November 14 in San Antonio, Texas. The award is named for NACEDA founder Diane Sterner, who led the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey for 23 years.
"It is an honor to be associated with Diane Sterner who has been a friend, mentor and inspiration to me and so many others over the years," said Kriesberg. "One of the great things about my job - and there are many wonderful aspects - is getting to work with so many terrific colleagues, including my many friends in the NACEDA network who have helped me so much over the years."

"Joe was selected for his long-term commitment to the community development field, which has greatly benefited Massachusetts and the community development industry as a whole," said Reymundo Ocañas, director of Corporate Responsibility and Reputation for BBVA Compass, the lead summit sponsor of NACEDA. As a prominent national spokesman for community-based development, Kriesberg's leadership and commitment to the industry has been invaluable, said Ocañas, who previously served as executive director of the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations.

Kriesberg's contributions to the field include passage of Massachusetts's Community Investment Tax Credit legislation, state funding for the small business program, creation of the Mel King Institute of Community Building Leadership, and dedicated service on the NACEDA board of directors.

NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff quipped, "The role that state community development associations play in the advancement of low-income neighborhoods is critical and truly unique. Our country has more NFL quarterbacks than CDC association leaders. This award demonstrates that Joe is the Tom Brady of his field. It is an honor truly earned. Massachusetts is lucky to have him."

Kriesberg was also elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of NACEDA at the organization's November 12 annual meeting.
The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) represents 42 state and regional community development associations in 27 states. More than 3,500 community-based organizations nationwide are represented by our members. NACEDA's mission is to lead the community development field and its partners in shaping and influencing the strategies For additional information, visit and by following @NACEDAtweets and #NACEDAsummit2014.
The Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) is the policy and capacity-building arm of the community development movement in Massachusetts, which fundamentally aims to work with low- and moderate-income individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth. Their mission states: MACDC is an association of mission-driven community development organizations working together and with others to create places of opportunity where people of diverse incomes and backgrounds access housing that is affordable, benefit from economic opportunities and fully participate in the civic life of their community. We achieve this by building and sustaining a high performing and adaptive community development sector that is supported by private and public investment, and sound public policies." Founded in 1982, MACDC currently has 88 members, including 60 CDC members and 28 associate members. Additional information about MACDC can be found at, by following @masscdcs on Twitter, or masscdcs on Facebook.

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 673 branches, including 342 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and recently earned the top ranking with customers in American Banker's 2014 annual reputation survey of the top 25 largest U.S. retail banks. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting 
Editor's Note:  
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.

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Community Investment Tax Credits: Time Is Running Out for 2014!

November 10th, 2014 by

Donors may contribute to individual CDCs, or they may contribute to the United Way Community Partnership fund, which was established by the Department of Housing and Community Development to raise and distribute funds to all eligible CDCs across the Commonwealth.  More information about the CITC tax credit is available by emailing or MACDC at

Less than 8 weeks remain for donors to claim the new Community Investment Tax Credits for the 2014 tax year and support the work of Community Development Corporations across the Commonwealth.  The Community Investment Tax Credit Program (CITC), which went into effect earlier this year, is a new program designed to help improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for families and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth.

The Community Investment Tax Credit offers individuals, corporations and nonprofit institutions the opportunity to obtain a 50% Massachusetts state tax credit and up to a 35% standard federal tax deduction (depending on tax bracket) while investing in the economic development of the communities that need help most. That means if someone donates $1,000, for example, they will receive both a $500 credit from the State and a $175 net reduction from their Federal taxes, leaving just $325 in out-of-pocket cost for the donor.

From now until the end of 2014, up to $3 million is available to donors and corporations that want to invest in this innovative economic development strategy and receive a tax credit.  Once the $3 million is used, donors must wait until 2015 to participate in this great opportunity to have a lasting impact on their community.

“Every day, in neighborhoods and cities across the Commonwealth, Community Development Corporations are working hard to spur affordable housing and job creation, incubate small businesses and revitalize neighborhoods,” said Michael K. Durkin, president at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.  “Now, we all have an opportunity to accelerate this work and the benefits to us all – and receive a 50% tax credit in return.”

“Over the past ten years alone, CDCs across the Commonwealth have invested $2.9 billion in our economy, created or preserved over 24,000 job opportunities and supported over 325,000 individuals and families,” said Joe Kriesberg, President of the Massachusetts Association for Community Development Corporations.  “These impressive results help drive our economy forward for everyone.”

The CITC program utilizes the tax credit incentive to leverage private contributions to seed innovation and amplify community impact. Tax credits can be used for affordable housing, job training, business development, neighborhood revitalization and other vital economic development projects.

The donations, and tax credits, will support only CDCs that are based in Massachusetts, have been carefully selected for participation in this program, and are creating programs and economic development that benefit Massachusetts residents. Thirty-six CDCs from across the state are eligible. For example:

  • In East Boston, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) will work to construct over 50 new low-to-moderate income housing units, advocate for increased green space to expand sports and recreational programs to low-income children and youth, and provide affordable housing counseling and placement.
  • In Waltham, WATCH will organize home weatherization projects to help low-income residents save on their utility bills, expand its English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and teach first-time home buyer classes.
  • In Lawrence, Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW) will pursue and bolster strategic partnerships with other key organizations to strengthen the institutional fabric of the City and increase educational attainment and financial resilience for the people of Lawrence through financial education and coaching, ESL and computer classes, career and job readiness training and youth development programming.  LCW is also working to create a vibrant mixed use community in the heart of the City with 71 affordable rental homes, five home ownership properties and 25,000 square feet of new commercial space.

From now until the end of 2014, up to $3 million is available to donors and corporations that want to invest in this innovative economic development strategy and receive a tax credit.  Once the $3 million is used, donors must wait until 2015 to participate in this great opportunity to have a lasting impact on their community.

Donors may contribute to individual CDCs, or they may contribute to the United Way Community Partnership fund, which was established by the Department of Housing and Community Development to raise and distribute funds to all eligible CDCs across the Commonwealth.  More information about the CITC tax credit is available by emailing or MACDC at

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Joe Kriesberg: Honored for 21 Years of Incredible Service at MACDC!

October 31st, 2014 by

On Saturday, MACDC’s Board of Directors honored their President, Joe Kriesberg, for his 21 years of exceptional leadership. Gail Latimore, MACDC’s Board Chair, cited some of Joe’s many accomplishments, including developing the Mel King Institute for Community Building and the Innovation Forum, as well as his incredible focus and tenacity advocating for the successful passage of the Community Investment Tax Credit. This is perhaps his most significant contribution to the field, as the Community Investment Tax Credit program will inject $66 million in funds into CDCs across the Commonwealth over the next six years.

Joe has, also led numerous, successful, advocacy campaigns to pass legislation, secure funding and put policies in place to help make CDCs more effective and efficient, including the groundbreaking Insurance Industry Community Investment Act, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the Small Business Technical Assistance Program, a comprehensive anti-foreclosure law, and a new law to help preserve “expiring-use” affordable rental developments.

In addition to his work in Massachusetts, Joe has taken a leadership role nationally as a founding member of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations.

Congratulations to Joe for this well-deserved honor.

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MACDC & United Way release CITC video

October 2nd, 2014 by

MACDC and United Way released today a video highlighting the impact to Massachusetts communities and prospective donors of the Community Investment Tax Credit.  Check out what Governor Deval Patrick, MACDC's Joe Kriesberg, United Way's Mike Durkin, Codman Square NDC's Gail Latimore, Nixon Peabody's Evelyn Moreno and Kevin P. Martin & Associates Matthew Malroney and Chris Pulick have to say about this program.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.

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NOAH Holds Groundbreaking for Coppersmith Village in East Boston

September 18th, 2014 by

On July 22, Mayor Walsh and our elected officials helped NOAH announce their Coppersmith Village project, a dynamic new development along Border and Liverpool Streets in East Boston. It will be a mixed-use, mixed-income, development of 15 for-sale town-homes, 56 rental units, and a 3,000 square foot restaurant with outdoor terrace. Over half of the units will be affordable to those earning less than 100% AMI. It is fully zoned and permitted by the City.

Mayor Walsh commented, "It's going to dovetail into a lot of the work that we're doing in the City, around other public spaces in the City of Boston. In this budget, we set aside $35 million for improvements to East Boston in the capital plan...Coppersmith Village is good for East Boston, and it's a good sign for the entire City of Boston. You have the opportunity here to build a model that we want to replicate."

The street-scape will be beautified with new trees and lighting, and a "pocket" park will be created adjacent to a new community room. Designing for climate change and flood resiliency has been a priority from the start. We will continue to maintain the site, cutting down weeds, securing the buildings, and paying taxes. For those of you who couldn't make it to the Kick-Off announcement event, NOAH recorded the speakers. You can watch the video on their YouTube channel by clicking here.

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Lower Cape Affordable Housing Summmit

September 18th, 2014 by

The conversation around affordable housing on the Lower Cape is not a new one. However, we are excited about an opportunity to move from conversations to actions. On Thursday, October 16th from 4 to 6 PM at Nauset Regional Middle School, Senator Daniel Wolf and Representative Sarah Peake, with support from the CDP and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), will bring together affordable housing stakeholders, town elected and appointed officials and community leaders on the Lower Cape for a "Lower Cape Summit on Affordable Housing Issues" in hopes of generating new thoughts and opportunities in this realm. This forum is part of a series of meetings being held in other rural communities in the Commonwealth as part of MHP's Rural Housing Initiative. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in conversation about the current affordable housing issues facing the Lower Cape, including exploring a regional planning strategy focused on the Lower Cape's affordable housing needs. A focus of the gathering will also be on the work completed by MHP on their Rural Housing Initiative, including an opportunity to provide feedback. Learn More

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2014 Community Development Awards

September 13th, 2014 by

2014 Community Development Awards

Please review the selection criteria and use them to guide your written comments. Please return this form, the nominee narrative, and other supporting materials, to Shirronda Almeida at  by September 19, 2014.

Member Awards

  • The Ricanne Hadrian Award - Presented to a CDC project manager or organizer who meaningfully engages local residents in building economically and racially just communities.
  • The Richard Smith Award - Presented to a CDC staff person or board member who exemplifies outstanding commitment, leadership and achievement for the community development movement in Massachusetts.
  • The Rising Star Award – This award is presented to up to five people: a CDC Director, staff or Board member, less than 40 years old, who has demonstrated outstanding innovation, leadership and achievement.

Public and Private Sector Award

  •  Excellence in Community Development - Presented to an individual or agency from the public sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.
  •  Jeffrey Graham Award – This award is presented to a person or organization from the private sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.


Award Nominated for:


Length of Service in Position:

Name of Nominator:


Please submit a one page (maximum) description of the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments in the form of a typed narrative. You may attach letters of support and documents to demonstrate the applicant’s accomplishments.  We are looking for nominees’ who:

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the Community Economic Development field;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the vision and core values embraced by MACDC and its members
  • Make a substantial contribution to both the field and the community;
  • Bring innovation to their job;
  • Involve the community in decision-making and priority-setting;
  • Enhance the “sense of community”; and/or
  • Serve as mentor to others.    
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MACDC & MMCA Boston Pilot Program generates nearly $39 million for MBEs and WBEs

August 12th, 2014 by

For the past year, MACDC’s Boston Committee has been working with the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association (MMCA) to sponsor the Boston Pilot Program, a joint effort to help six Boston CDCs increase their utilization of minority and women owned enterprises (M/WBEs) on 11 separate real estate projects across the City of Boston.   The program established the goal of ensuring that at least 30% of the work was done by MBEs and 10% by WBEs.  As of June 30, six of the projects were in construction and the other five were in various stages of pre-development. So far, the projects have contracted for slightly more than $95 million in hard and soft costs, with 36% of the total going to MBE’s, 9% going to WBE’s, with a total of 41% going to either a MBE or WBE (the numbers do not add up because we do not double count minority-women-owned businesses).  This means that the CDC-sponsored projects have generated a total of nearly $39 million in economic opportunity for minority- and women-owned businesses, with much more to come as these projects continue to move forward.  Working with MMCA, we will continue to try to hit the 10% goal for WBE participation and try to increase the MBE numbers for soft costs where the percentage is much lower (MBE’s earned 41% of the hard costs, but just 13% of the soft costs; WBE’s were at 9% for both hard and soft costs).

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