January 22, 2019
Thirteen Mass. Nonprofits Share $3.3M to Support Housing, Jobs

April 22, 2018 — Thirteen Massachusetts nonprofits recently were awarded a total of $3.36 million from NeighborWorks America, a congressionally chartered, national, nonpartisan nonprofit that provides access to homeownership, safe and affordable rental housing, and other community-building services.

The 13 organizations were among 242 nationally that shared in $65 million in flexible grants aimed at preserving affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and creating jobs.

Each of the following nonprofits received an average of $258,000:
  • Cambridge Neighborhood Apartment & Housing Services, Cambridge
  • Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. , Dorchester
  • Lawrence CommunityWorks, Lawrence
  • Madison Park Development Corporation, Roxbury
  • Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, East Boston
  • NeighborWorks Southern Mass, Quincy
  • NewVue Communities, Fitchburg
  • Nuestra Comunidad Development Corp. , Roxbury
  • Oak Hill Community Development Corp. , Worcester
  • The Neighborhood Developers, Chelsea
  • Urban Edge Housing Corporation, Roxbury
  • Way Finders, Springfield
All of these organizations actively work to enhance the economic vitality of their communities. For example:
  • Coalition for a Better Acre was one of the first Community Development Corporations in the country to embrace a model of community-based economic development that places residents at the center of the development process. Its Triangle Homeownership Project increased homeownership rates in the Triangle from 1% to 25%.

  • Lawrence CommunityWorks, since its founding in 1986, has generated more than $70 million in new neighborhood investment, including 230 units of affordable housing on 16 abandoned and vacant parcels, a community center, three new playgrounds, and a range of family asset building and youth development efforts.

  • Oak Hill Community Development Corp., operating since 2002, provides a comprehensive range of services and programs to train, counsel, and finance potential homebuyers and veteran homeowners, to stabilize and extend home ownership.

  • Way Finders, formerly known as HAP Housing, in 2016 was designated a Green Organization, one of 81 among the 242 NeighborWorks America members to achieve the distinction.

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