MAHA Congratulates CHAPA's Aaron Gornstein
Aaron Gornstein, longtime executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Association, was appointed yesterday by Governor Deval Patrick to head the state's Department of Housing and Community Development. Aaron has been at CHAPA for 23 years and been its executive director since 1990.
“Aaron’s experience on the front lines of advocating for affordable housing and community development is a welcome addition,” Governor Patrick said in a statement. “His leadership and experience will move forward our mission of strengthening neighborhoods and improving the quality of life of Massachusetts residents.”
MAHA and CHAPA have worked closely on many issues over the years, most recently on last year's successful initiative to protect the state's Chapter 40B law from repeal. CHAPA and MAHA also serve together on the steering committee of the Community Preservation Coalition and have worked worked together over many years to support various homeownership initiatives, including the SoftSecond mortgage program.
Aaron will start his new position in late January. Karen Wiener, CHAPA's deputy director, will be interim executive director while the board conducts a search for Aaron's successor.
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