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The Lower Cape Cod Community Development Corporation Newsletter
Community News September, 2007
In This Issue
CDC Partners with the Hook Fishermen
New Housing Roundtable
CDC Housing Program Updates
Legislative Update
Provincetown Affordable Housing Lottery
Aquaculture on Cape Cod
Events and Membership
Cape and Islands License Plates Benefit the CDC
Calling All Volunteers!
The summer has quickly passed, and the CDC is gearing up for a busy fall season! 
In this issue, you will read of the fruits of our labor with our current partnerships:  our collaboration with the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen to establish the Sustainable Industries Trust; our progress with the Balfour Lane Condominiums and the Harwich Portuguese Men's Club
We are also delighted to announce our new housing roundtable - Lower Cape Housing Advocacy Roundtable!  These quarterly meetings will highlight topics of interest to citizens, housing advocates and professionals. 
Read more about our upcoming events:  The Last Gasp Bike, Boat 'n Bake this coming Sunday, September 16th and the CDC Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 27th at Willy's Gym. 
We look forward to working with the community to further our mission:  promoting a diverse community on the Lower Cape by addressing housing needs and encouraging small business development in order to provide employment.
You can help us.  Become a member.  Participate in a workshop. Give us your ideas.  We want to hear from you.
Sincerely,  Elizabeth Bridgewater
               Executive Director
CDC Partners with the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen Association to Support the Local Fishing Industry!
The Economic Development Department of the Lower Cape Cod CDC is excited to announce collaboration with the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association around an initiative to support the local fishing community. This initiative, Sustainable Fisheries Trust, is being developed to link Cape Cod fishermen to dedicated expertise and financing aimed at sustaining their livelihoods and the marine fisheries they rely on.


The Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association (CCCHFA) is a group of fishermen that came together in 1991 to discuss and deliberate the future of their industry and the ocean that had sustained their way of life.  They decided to form an organization that would be an active voice for their interest in preserving a healthy ocean, balanced with a need to maintain the viability of local coastal fishing communities.  Through careful growth of fiscal and human resources, membership and volunteerism, the CCCHFA has evolved to have a prominent public presence.  With ten staff and an active Board of fishermen and concerned coastal residents, the CCCHFA is positioned for a future of ongoing activism and influence on the decision making process that directly affects the lives of its core constituency while promoting conservation and restoration of limited marine resources. 


The Sustainable Fisheries Trust concept comes at a significant time for the fishing industry.  Marine fisheries and fishing communities in the United States face a perfect storm of challenges: depletion of resources through overfishing and excessive by-catch, as well as habitat damage, rapidly increasing corporatization of the seas, and flawed public policies. The impacts of these problems are most severely felt by the rural coastal communities and fishing families that have for generations depended on the health of this industry. Extensive job loss, reduced wages, business closings, out-migration, and falling school enrollments are among the most visible effects. Without deliberate actions to improve the present situation, the nation's marine fisheries and fishing communities are at risk of irreversible decline


The Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association (CCCHFA) is uniquely positioned to construct a new model for how to maintain a healthier relationship between fishermen, the fishing community and the fish.  As envisioned, Sustainable Fisheries Trusts will establish an integrated infrastructure that links community-based fishermen to dedicated management expertise and financing aimed at sustaining community and fishery health.  The Economic Development department of the CDC will complement the CCCHFA's vision and expertise in the industry with our program development capability and strong relationships within the Cape community.
For more information contact Moira Noonan, Economic Development Program Manager at 508-240-7873 x13 or
CDC Launches New Housing Roundtable 

The Lower Cape Cod CDC has recently reorganized its Housing Committee and, in the process, formed the Lower Cape Housing Advocacy Round Table (HART).  The Round Table supports the education of and discussion among residents, housing professionals, and housing advocates on the Lower Cape.  Round Table events are scheduled quarterly, and are organized by a volunteer Steering Committee with support from the Lower Cape CDC.  Topics vary according to local interests and needs, with the goal of increasing regional communication in order to refine existing and develop new strategies for affordable housing development, preservation, and management in each of the eight towns of the Lower Cape. 


The first HART event was held in June, and was co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Commission.  The topic of the meeting was Open Space and Affordable Housing.  The next HART event is scheduled for October 5th from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Eastham Town Hall.  The focus will be on affordable housing success stories and strategies from throughout the Lower Cape.  The CDC's Housing Committee continues to meet monthly to discuss organizational strategies for the development and management of affordable housing.



Housing Program Updates: 
The CDC's Housing Development Program is moving forward on a number of diverse projects: over 53 units are currently in the pre-development or development stage. 
--Balfour Lane Condominiums, Chatham
:  The CDC is working with E.A. Barsness & Company, Inc. to rehab a former commercial space into four 2-bedroom affordable homeownership condominiums.  The project was made possible through a partnership with the Friends of Chatham Affordable Housing, and the CDC is working with the Chatham Housing Authority to qualify applicants.  We look forward to celebrating the project's completion with you in the winter of '07 - '08.

-- Harwich Portuguese Men's Club, Harwich:  In another innovative community partnership, the CDC is continuing to work with the Harwich Portuguese Men's Club to develop year-round affordable rental housing on five acres of Club-owned land.  At this time, the project is in the conceptual and early pre-development stage, with an estimated 37+ units possible on the site, located on Queen Anne Road in Harwich. 

In addition to these continuing projects:

--Main Street Extension, Harwich:  the CDC was recently awarded the development contract for the new construction and management of 12 affordable rental units in Harwich.  The units will be built on a three-acre parcel of land owned by the Harwich Housing Authority on Main Street Extension.  Two and three-bedroom units will serve families earning a range of incomes under 80% of the area median.  We are pleased to share that the CDC was awarded participation in the Green Homes program, administered through the Cape Light Compact, which will allow for the inclusion of solar panels and increased utilization of sustainable and "green" building materials.

For more information on these and other Housing Projects, contact Emily Loomis at 508-240-7873 x23, or
Legislative Update: 
The Patrick Administration has unveiled a $250 million program that will provide foreclosure counseling and fixed-rate refinancing loans to help troubled borrowers get out of subprime loans. Struggling homeowners are encouraged to call toll-free foreclosure prevention hotline, 1-888-995-HOPE, and arrange to receive foreclosure counseling about how they can stay in their home. 
here to read more!
Affordable Housing Lottery 
Gull's Nest Condominiums, 6 Sandy Hill Lane, Provincetown
The Community Housing Resource Inc. (CHRI), on behalf of Anathan Benson LLC, is holding an affordable housing lottery on October 10th for Gull's Nest Condominiums. 
Nine (9) one-bedroom and three (3) two-bedroom townhomes are available to qualified individuals and families. 
All applications must be postmarked by September 24th.
An Open House is being held Wednesday, September 12, 3 - 5 p.m.
Applications and more information are available by calling Kristine Hopkins at CHRI at 508-487-2426 x3. 
Meet your Local Aquaculture "Specialist"
As part of a partnership with the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association, the CDC is pleased to highlight Cape Cod aquaculture shellfishermen!
Click here to read monthly stories of these interesting folks and their varied backgrounds.  How did they come to this industry?  Why is this work so rewarding?
These articles will leave a "good taste" in your mouth - and a craving for fresh shellfish! 
Events, Updates and Membership: 
Join us and support the CDC by participating in the following fun events:
Last Gasp Bike, Boat 'n Bake
The CDC is pleased to participate in this exciting fundraiser!
The Last Gasp takes place on Sunday, September 16th.  Bike riders start in Sandwich and ride 63 miles to the finish in Provincetown, raising funds to support the participating nonprofit of their choice. 
We are delighted that CDC Committee Member Rod Vyskocil, Economic Development client Alice Kuntz of GymKids Gymnastics, and Eastham Selectman David Schropfer are supporting the CDC by participating in this ride!
CDC Sponsors are Willy's Gym, Coastal Engineering Company, Inc. and the Williams Building Company.  Many thanks to these local businesses for their support!
It's not too late to support the CDC and support these riders!
Donations can be mailed to the CDC (payable to the Last Gasp) or online by clicking Last Gasp Bike, Boat 'n Bake.  Thank you for your support!
CDC Annual Meeting and Dinner: 
"Working and Living on the Lower Cape" is the theme of this year's Annual Meeting and Dinner which will take place at Willy's Gym in Eastham on Thursday, September 27th.  
Join us as we highlight the many faces of economic diversity, present Community Hero Awards, and also to present the Gwen Pelletier Award to Ted Malone of Community Housing Resource Inc.  We are delighted that Seamen's Bank is again sponsoring this important event.  Thank you Seamen's Bank!
Click here for more information on how to attend.
Our busy summer - here's what we did!
CDC Wine Tasting:
  Over 35 people attended the CDC Wine Tasting held in June at the beautiful home of Posy Cameron and Bob Brothers in Orleans.  Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers prepared by local chefs, paired with wines donated by Orleans Wine & Spirits and Caroline Gilman Wines & Spirits.  The Mass Aquaculture Association was on hand to shuck fresh oysters and clams for delighted shellfish lovers! 
Telethon:  On June 10th, the CDC partnered with the Friends of Chatham Affordable Housing (FoCAH) and HECH to hold a telethon at the Channel 17 studios in Yarmouth.  Over a 4-hour period, emcees Richard Sullivan, Matt Pitta and John Whelan interviewed housing clients and housing advocates - all to highlight the need for affordable housing on the Lower Cape.  Over $12,000 was raised in support of these programs and split among the three participating organizations.  Many thanks to those in the Channel 17 audience who called in with their pledges!
Housing with Love Walk:  "Hero" Walkers Richard Sullivan of Chatham (sponsored by the Friends of Richard Sullivan) and Susan Kadar of Truro (sponsored by the Green Family Fund) walked portions of this 15th Annual event.  Over $2,000 was raised for the CDC's Housing Programs.  Many thanks to Richard and Susan and their many supporters!
Membership:  Join the over 300 individuals and businesses who have joined the CDC!  Click here to fill out the Membership Form on our Website:   CDC Membership.
For more information on these events, please contact Chris Perry, Director of Marketing and Membership Services at 508-240-7873 x22 or
Cape and Islands License Plates Benefit the CDC!
Although there are currently 16 speciality plates to choose from when you visit or renew your license place with the RMV, choosing the Cape and Islands License Plate directly benefits the CDC!  Visit Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to order your plate and support housing and economic development on the Lower Cape!
Calling all Volunteers!
Our current needs:
Finish Line Volunteers for the Last Gasp Bike, Boat 'n Bake!  If you are interested in greeting bikers as they arrive in Provincetown, this is the job for you!  Contact Chris Perry at 508-240-7873 x22 or for more information.
The CDC has a number of opportunities available for people to give of their time and talent.
Do you enjoy being a part of exciting events?  Writing articles?  Using your artistic skills to create eye-catching posters and advertisements?
We would love to talk to you!  Contact Chris Perry, Director of Resource Development at 508-240-7873 x22 or  We look forward to hearing from you!