June 2023
Live, Work, Thrive
Your Monthly Update
from the Community Development Partnership
A Word from Jay... Progress on Housing
 
There is lots of good news to share with you this month about our efforts to create more housing that is affordable to people who live and work year-round on the Lower Cape.
 
On May 18th, two affordable housing projects -- 65 units in Provincetown and 16 units in Orleans -- received funding commitments from the Commonwealth. These commitments add to the State’s past year support of 39 units in Truro and 62 units in the redeveloped Cape Cod Five Operations Center in Orleans. And just last week, the long-awaited Brewster Woods opened, becoming home to 30 families.
 
Hopefully, by the end of 2025, we will see 182 new affordable housing units ready for occupancy – much-needed good news for our region. And the work continues. We’ll still need ten times as many units to meet our region’s tremendous need for housing. We are committed to continuing our work advocating for more housing in our region, and your support to help get us there will be crucial.
 
To that end, we will add a second Community Organizer in the coming months. This person will enable us to build great support for housing and a host of other strategies to ensure a stronger and more diverse year-round community where people can live, work, and thrive.
Jay Coburn
President & Chief Executive Officer
Supporting Local Business
Allard Farm Grows with Help from the
Community Development Partnership
“We probably could have gotten to where we are without assistance from the CDP, but we definitely wouldn't have gotten here this fast.”
 –John Allard, Co-owner, Allard Farm
The Lower and Outer Cape has many hidden gems --
including seasonal businesses off-the-beaten-path offering charming atmospheres and great products at affordable prices. Tucked off 6A in Brewster is Allard Farm, a family-owned garden center and farmstand, and a CDP client since 2019.

When we spoke with owners John Allard and Marjorie McGinnis in the summer of 2019, they had just received two loans from the CDP. The first, a smaller short-term loan, provided the business with preseason cash flow. The second loan helped them purchase an additional greenhouse, constructed in the off-season and an essential part of today's farm operation. The business has significantly grown since then, even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many businesses struggled. The farm's layout left ample space for customers to distance themselves and make purchases using a contactless payment system.
Housing Matters
Harbor Hill Resident Wins Provincetown Select Board Election
“We are seeing it play out with businesses being unable to find employees and people who can't afford to live and make a life here.”
 –Erik Borg, Harbor Hill Resident and Provincetown Select Board Member
In May 2023, Harbor Hill resident and Provincetown Brewing Company co-owner Erik Borg was sworn in as a member of the Provincetown Select Board. As a small business owner and someone who has experienced Provincetown's housing crisis head-on, he hopes to bring a unique voice to the five-member elected group.

Erik has called Provincetown home for the past two decades. In the early 2010s, he was a staff reporter for the Provincetown Banner. "At that time, the housing conversations were raised by the people who were being displaced, but it didn't seem as dire," said Erik. "People tended to ignore the issue if it didn't affect them directly."
Supporter Spotlight
Herb Montgomery
“The housing issue on the Cape keeps getting worse year over year, and because of it, local businesses cannot find the help they need.”
 –Herb Montgomery, Owner, The Montgomery Financial Group
Herb Montgomery has called the Lower Cape home for nearly his entire life. When he was three years old, his family relocated to Brewster, where he and his wife Sue lived and raised their two children. As a longtime resident, he is invested in the community's future. "I moved here in '54, but I think people still consider me a wash ashore," he joked.

In 2000, after almost 20 years working for a local telephone company, Herb decided it was time for a career switch. He completed the requirements necessary to become a Certified Financial Planner® in 2004. Two years later, he started his Montgomery Financial Group, Inc. The company offers fee-only financial planning services, making them accessible to a broader and more diverse clientele.
Noteworthy News
Meet the Newest Additions to the CDP Team
This spring has been a period of growth and transition for the CDP. Over the past couple of months, we have been fortunate to add many talented individuals to our growing team. Each brings unique skills and perspectives to help further the CDP's mission of leading the Lower and Outer Cape in creating a diverse year-round community of people who can afford to live, work, and thrive here.

We are also hiring a second Community Organizer to join our Housing Advocacy team. Click here for the full position description.
Laura Cannata
Chief Advancement Officer
Chris Reynolds
Comptroller, Director of Finance
Amanda Bebrin
Director of Housing Advocacy
Talitha Abramsen
Housing Resources Program Manager
Twenty Summers from Today, Climate, Community
& Queer Futures
This Sunday Community Development Partnership CEO Jay Coburn will participate in a panel discussion hosted by Twenty Summers, a non-profit arts organization in Provincetown.

For the past twenty years, Provincetown's unique queer and artistic enclave has been threatened by climate change, gentrification, a lack of affordable housing, and the homogenization of culture. Join Marc Norman, Dr. Mika Tosca & Jay Coburn in imagining a more equitable and sustainable future for Provincetown, and beyond; one that preserves the people and this place for generations to come.
Sunday, June 4, 2023 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Twenty Summers
29 Miller Hill Road, Provincetown
Join us for a casual, fun evening to celebrate the Community Development Partnership (CDP) and our Lower and Outer Cape community at the beautiful Greenhouse by the Sea in Orleans. Meet CDP leadership, staff, supporters, and partners and learn about our future plans.

A SUMMER EVENING on the Farm supports the CDP’s work to create safe, affordable year-round housing and strengthen local businesses through training, technical assistance, and loan capital. Your generosity supports the needs of our neighbors living and working on the Lower and Outer Cape and helps us tackle the barriers and disparities year-round residents face to accessing affordable housing and better-paying, living-wage jobs.
Check out the Lower Cape Housing and ADU Resource Center
Free Small Business Assistance

The CDP's Business & Credit program team is available for one-on-one technical assistance. Get the resources you need to help your business succeed!

Small Business Technical Assistance is available:
  • Remotely via phone or video conference
  • In-person at the Provincetown Commons, The 204 (Harwich Cultural Center), and Chatham Works

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