MAHA educates and mobilizes across Massachusetts to break down barriers to affordable and sustainable homeownership.

    Hundreds Attend Taste of Dorchester; More than $60,000 Raised for Sustainable Homeownership

    May 1, 2015 - "Each year it keeps getting bigger and better." "Did you taste the empanadas from Sea Breeze?" "Or the scallops from ester?"

    If you attended last night's seventh annual Taste of Dorchester®, you may have heard some of these comments.

    We extend sincere thanks to all 22 restaurants that participated this year and to all of our sponsors, including Top Chef's Arbella Insurance Foundation and Vargas & Vargas Insurance, and to all of our guests.

    MAHA raised over $60,000 last night in support of our mission to break down barriers to affordable and sustainable homeownership.

    MAHA Loses Inspirational Leader

    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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