MAHA educates and mobilizes across Massachusetts 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.

    She quickly became the chief advocate of the innovative mortgage plan that has now reached more than 18,000 low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers across Massachusetts, half being homeowners of color.

    Taste of Dorchester 2015 Coming April 30th

    Florence Hagins College Scholarship applications due April 13th

    It's coming. Yes, spring is right around the corner. Really.

    But the seventh annual Taste of Dorchester® is also fast approaching. This year's Taste of Dorchester® will be on April 30 at 6PM at IBEW Local 103 with over 20 restaurants and hundreds of well-fed guests.

    Each year, guests are treated to some of the best food in Dorchester all under one roof. Buy your tickets now! Seniors 65 and older and Children from 6-12 pay $20; Children 5 and under are free. All other advance tickets are $35.

    In conjunction with Taste of Dorchester®, MAHA will once again award a college scholarship to an area resident. Applications are due April 13th.


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