Florence Hagins, Devoted Mother and Extraordinary Community Activist, Passes Away at 67
March 21, 2015 – Florence Hagins, a devoted mother and community activist who convinced bank presidents to increase mortgage lending in Boston’s neighborhoods of color, died last night at her home in Jacksonville, Florida. She was 67.
Florence transitioned from this earth to join her parents, Hazel Louise McCarthy and Carlton Robart McCarthy II, her aunt May Evelyn Diggs, and her sister Charlene McCarthy Beavers. Florence was educated in the Boston Public School system and graduated from Jamaica Plain High School.
Florence retired in 2005 as assistant director of MAHA. She was a life-long Boston resident until her retirement. Florence worked in the health care field for 23 years before her tenure at MAHA. She grew up in the Whittier public housing development in Roxbury and in 1991 became the first homeowner in an affordable mortgage program designed to reverse decades of redlining by area banks.
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