Welcoming Communities

May 10, 2011
8:30 amto11:00 am

A Forum Sponsored by the Commonwealth Housing Task Force

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
8:30am – 11:00am
Boston Private Bank and Trust Company (Ten Post Office Square, 2nd Floor Great Room, Boston, MA)

This event is a follow up to a forum sponsored by the Commonwealth Housing Task Force (CHTF) in 2009.  We gathered municipal and civic leaders in Greater Boston to discuss strategies that communities use to help create a welcoming environment for people that traditionally have experienced challenges moving to many of the cities and towns in Massachusetts, with a focus on people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income people.  In addition to hearing about strategies that towns have used since we first met, we will hear about new research related to the impact of changes in racial composition in Massachusetts communities on housing values, education spending, and other measures of quality of life.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

8:30am – 9:00am:  Breakfast and Networking

9:00am – 11:00am:  Program


Jacqueline Cooper and Sarah Lamitie
Co-chairs, Expanding Opportunities Committee, CHTF


Professor Barry Bluestone and Jessica Casey, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University

Barbara Chandler, Fair Housing Manager, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Representatives from the Town of Westwood:

Mike Jaillet, Town Administrator; Jill Onderdonk, Housing Director; & Barbara Shea, Realtor


The Boston Foundation, Commonwealth Compact, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Municipal Association

Supporting Partners:

Beacon Communities, LLC, Citizens Housing and Planning Association, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation,  Connolly and Partners, LLC, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, Massachusetts Chapter National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration & Finance/Office of Access & Opportunity, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, MassHousing, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, WinnCompanies, Urban Land Institute.

Please RSVP to


Seating is limited. Please respond at your earliest convenience to assure your place.



How the Catalyst Fund Supports Mergers and Collaborations: Information sessions on the Fund’s activities and how to apply

May 10, 2011
9:30 amto11:30 am
May 11, 2011
9:30 amto11:30 am

Sessions will include a presentation on nonprofit collaboration, the Catalyst Fund’s recent activities, and the application process followed by Q & A. For more information on the fund’s work to support nonprofit mergers and collaborations through technical assistance, please visit the Catalyst Fund website.

May 10 and 11 from 9:30am to 11:00am
The Nonprofit Center’s Community Room
89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111

RSVP to catalystfund@nffusa.org with the date of the session you would like to attend and the names and organizations of attendees.