On March 25th in Haverhill, MACDC attended Governor Patrick’s announcement of over $25 million in awards to fund the creation of 335 new units of supportive housing. With these units, the Administration exceeded its goal of creating 1,000 units of permanent, supportive housing, one year ahead of schedule.
MACDC Members were at center stage, literally and figuratively. Madeline Nash, Director of Real Estate at Coalition for a Better Acre, spoke eloquently about Haverhill Veterans Housing, which will provide 27 homes for veterans and their families. Overall, of the 16 awards made by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), 11 went to 9 MACDC Member organizations. In addition to Coalition for a Better Acre, members receiving awards included Viet Aid, The Neighborhood Developers, Domus, Inc., Common Ground Development Corporation/Community Teamwork, Inc., Caritas Communities, Father Bill’s & Mainspring, Pine Street Inn, and South Middlesex Opportunity Council.
With project based rental assistance to ensure affordability and additional funding for supportive services, the Commonwealth has taken a bold step to address homelessness. MACDC is grateful to Governor Patrick, DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein, and other State officials for their support for these much-needed projects.
For more information, go to DHCD's press release.