Yes, there was cake! And spoken word by Rudy and Teri from ARTiculation. And a great dinner by Taste of Dorchester restaurant Irie Jamaican Style. And, in a special ceremony, a fitting tribute to the team at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
MAHA celebrated its 30th anniversary on December 7th in Dorchester at the newly renamed Sheridan-Hagins Homeownership Center. MAHA board members Esther Maycock-Thorne, Symone Crawford and Thadine Brown joined staffers Shelly Goehring and Tom Callahan to publicly thank MHP for its efforts to "lasso the moon" for low and moderate income homebuyers.
MHP executive director Clark Ziegler accepted a plaque from MAHA and told attendees, "We couldn't do what we do without the support of MAHA. It's really an honor for us to be honored by you because I can't think of another organization that we respect more for what it does to help homebuyers."
MHP senior staffers in attendance included Ziegler; Deputy Director and General Counsel Judy Jacobson; Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Charleen Tyson; Director of Homeownership Kelly Maloy; Program Manager Thais DeMarco; and Director of Public Affairs Rus Lodi. In addition, MHP staff members Ramya Varanasi, Michelle Cilien, Barbara Carrera, Rita Farrell, Laura Shufelt, and Carsten Snow were honored by MAHA.
For 3 weeks before the election, MAHA’s office hummed with activity each evening as callers worked the phones, talking to registered voters in four languages. We spoke with MAHA graduates about the issues they care about, and the role of the city council in shaping life here in Boston. We collected over 1300 pledges to vote, and left voicemail reminders for thousands more.
We congratulate all of the winners in last week’s election, including newcomers Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George. We appreciate the city councilors who took a stand in favor of putting the Community Preservation Act on the ballot next year. We look forward to working with the entire city council to promote affordable, sustainable homeownership in Boston.
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