Throughout 2021 CEDAC continued to work tirelessly with our non-profit partners across Massachusetts to provide technical assistance and early-stage project financing for affordable housing and early education facility development. Our efforts support a wide range of projects, large and small, rental and homeownership, mixed-income and deeply targeted, serving families with infants to school age children and individuals, and located in urban, suburban and rural communities. The projects highlighted here will improve the lives of residents in need, providing them safe homes and access to supportive services that will help them live and thrive. We're proud to help build stronger communities in Massachusetts.

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AAHG = Accessibility Affordable Housing Grant
AIHC = Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities
AMI = Area Median Income
CBH = Community Based Housing
EEOST = Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund
ELI = Extremely Low-Income (30% Area Median Income or Less)
FCF = Facilities Consolidation Fund
HIF = Housing Innovations Fund
LIHTC = Low Income Housing Tax Credit



126 Chandler Street Worcester

Worcester Common Ground

126 Chandler Street Worcester

With this most recent project, Worcester Common Ground (WCG) has redeveloped a blighted property in the heart of the Piedmont neighborhood of Worcester into a new mixed use building that will help City efforts to transform the Chandler Street corridor. WCG worked cooperatively with the long-time owner of the site, the King family, and using acquisition financing from CEDAC, acquired 120 Chandler in 2018, and finalized a plan for the adaptive reuse of 126 Chandler Street, the demolition of 120 Chandler, and the addition of an attractive new four-story building. The descendants of the Kings gathered for recognition by WCG in 2021 and to celebrate the grand opening of this successful collaborative effort.

The project also features street-level commercial space for WCG’s long-time tenant across the street, Horizon Acupuncture, a large community room equipped with a kitchen, and 23 off-street parking spaces. Finally, the property features Worcester’s first residential rooftop greenhouse to be used for a training program for youth on urban farming.


571 Revere Revere

The Neighborhood Developers

571 Revere

TND has created 51 new rental units for families on a transit-oriented site. The development contains 19 workforce housing units and 32 affordable units for households with incomes up to 60% AMI, including six units designated for ELI households. The project offers housing for disabled persons, including four fully accessible CBH units and two FCF units. TND has engaged a resident services coordinator to provide supportive services and referrals to tenants. Residents are also encouraged to participate in TND's Community Engagement and CONNECT programs, which offer opportunities to become involved in the neighborhood, participate in individual financial capacity building workshops, receive job training and guidance in job searches, and participate in English language classes.


Bartlett Building A Boston

Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation

Bartlett Building A

Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation (Nuestra Comunidad) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of efforts to achieve equitable development in the Roxbury neighborhood. Bartlett Building A represents the third mid-rise building of an ambitious ten-phase development initiative known as Bartlett Station, which will create 355 new homes on an 8.5-acre former MBTA bus yard and brownfield site. Nuestra Comunidad will offer supportive services to all residents, and will feature innovative partnerships with Boston Medical Center (BMC) and New Lease for Homeless Families to help families achieve and maintain healthy lives. This project is one of three Boston developments that BMC has selected for the new Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities (AIHC) initiative, which CEDAC manages as its financial intermediary.

Nuestra Comunidad also demonstrated its commitment to racial equity by co-developing this site with a highly respected MBE, Windale Developers, and achieved high percentages of MBE contractors and persons of color in the construction workforce.


Bentley Apartments Great Barrington

Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire

Bentley Apartments

Bentley Apartments is a part of the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire’s (CDCSB) 100 Bridge Street redevelopment of a brownfield site. The 2.5-acre site, only a quarter mile from downtown Great Barrington, is located on a portion of the former New England Log Homes (NELH) property that also includes a 2-acre public Riverfront Park on the Housatonic. All units are accessible and affordable to households below 60% of AMI, with 21 units targeted for ELI households. The complex features a residents’ community room, central laundry room, and outdoor gathering space.

The well-located site presented serious environmental challenges due to contaminated soil from its previous use as a log home manufacturing site. Due to the time consuming yet essential remediation effort, the site met all of the stringent DEP and EPA regulations for brownfield clean up.

CEDAC provided CDCSB with patient, early stage financing beginning in 2006 and continued to support the $17.2 million project throughout its extensive environmental cleanup process, while providing additional funding as needed.


Downing Square Broadway Arlington

Housing Corporation of Arlington

Downing Square Broadway

Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) has developed two sites into three buildings with a total of 48 units of affordable rental housing. 117 Broadway, located in East Arlington, contains 14 housing units plus ground-floor commercial space for Arlington Eats, a local food pantry that has long operated at this address. Five units at 117 Broadway will be reserved for homeless individuals, with services provided by the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

All residents will have access to supportive services. HCA employs two part-time social workers who provide homelessness prevention, financial literacy and other services. Additionally, HCA partners with the Town of Arlington’s Human Services Coalition, a consortium of town agencies that collaborate to identify and provide services to Arlington residents in need. HCA enjoys an extremely strong relationship with the Town, which has committed significant local resources to this project.


FORWARD at the Rock Dennis


FORWARD at the Rock

FORWARD, a new non-profit organization, recently completed the construction of two interconnected, single-story community residences for individuals with autism on a town-owned site in Dennis. This fully accessible development includes eight bedrooms, all of which are designated for ELI individuals, as well as shared common spaces and a staff office. Located on a wooded five-acre site, the development features a large outdoor patio and provides immediate access to walking trails. Cape Abilities, a regional non-profit service provider, delivers around-the-clock, onsite supportive services and helps residents with daily tasks such as grocery shopping and laundry.

Named after the massive glacial boulder standing at its entrance, FORWARD at the Rock advances FORWARD’s mission of meeting the critical housing needs of adults with autism and related disabilities while providing long-term stability to its residents. FORWARD at the Rock opened in October 2020 and is fully occupied.


Harbor Village Gloucester

North Shore Community Development Coalition

Harbor Village

North Shore Community Development Coalition (North Shore CDC) has redeveloped a 14,000 square foot parcel on Main Street in downtown Gloucester into 30 units of affordable family housing. The property is located within easy walking distance to public transit , the waterfront, and downtown amenities.

This mixed-use development consists of 30 one-, two, and three-bedroom affordable rental units, 2,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space, and 30 off-street parking spaces. All units are affordable to households at or below 60% AMI and are LIHTC assisted, and eight units are designated for ELI households. The property is Passive House certified, a leading standard in energy efficient construction.

An integral part of this project is the partnership between North Shore CDC, an experienced developer of affordable and mixed use projects, and Action, Inc., a community action agency serving residents of the city and other local communities.


Library Commons I Holyoke

Way Finders

Library Commons I

The Library Commons I development offers affordable family housing, supportive services and an art studio/gallery, as well as close proximity to employment, education, public transportation, and downtown Holyoke’s burgeoning cultural scene. The project name derives from the beautiful and recently renovated public library, which sits just steps away.

Way Finders provides on-site supportive services to residents, including adult basic education, financial literacy, first-time home buyer classes, and career counseling.

Housing, Child Care

One Salem Square Worcester

YWCA Central MA

One Salem Square

The Worcester community was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, intensifying the need for accessible, affordable child care, particularly for essential workers and underserved populations. The YWCA was able to renovate its 1970s-era One Salem Square building for the first time, which houses services for families fleeing domestic violence, early education care, fitness and wellness facilities, and transitional housing for women. The extensive reconfiguration of the building permitted the YWCA to consolidate its scattered child care classrooms, some without windows, to create renovated spaces that now feature natural light and ventilation, adequate space and direct access to restrooms and handwashing facilities.

In the early days of the pandemic, the YWCA was designated by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to serve essential workers, remaining open for extended hours and expanding services. This project’s improvements, including a new ventilation/HVAC system, ensured that the child care program could more safely operate.

The YWCA was able to create six additional transitional housing units in the renovation, welcoming 47 female residents to safety as they worked with the YWCA’s supportive services team. This project was the embodiment of the YWCA’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism, as the YWCA signed the first Community Benefit Agreement with the Worcester Community-Labor Coalition.

The YWCA upheld its commitment to a 100% women-lead construction management team, 100% livable wage jobs with benefits and union labor, and placing diversity guidelines on the contractors and subcontractors working on their $24 million renovation project with hiring goals for women, people of color, apprentices and Worcester County residents.


Roadway Inn Brockton

Father Bill's & MainSpring

Roadway Inn

Facing rapid spread of COVID-19 at the MainSpring House emergency homeless shelter, Father Bill’s & Mainspring leased the former Rodeway Inn in June 2020 and swiftly relocated more than 60 shelter guests there. The COVID infection rate at MainSpring House soon plummeted to less than one percent. Realizing the success of this model, FBMS negotiated to purchase the hotel outright with an acquisition loan from CEDAC, allowing the hotel’s shelter guests to become permanent residents. Overnight, the congregate shelter population in the City of Brockton was cut in half. What began as an emergency measure to protect MainSpring House guests' health became an adaptive reuse success story that can serve as a national model to address homelessness.

Residents have access to a comprehensive set of wrap-around services provided by FBMS’s on-site staff. Each resident has an individualized service plan and works with their case manager to access community-based services, including counseling, health care, legal assistance, education, and employment training.

Housing, Child Care

Stone House Boston

Stone House

Stone House

Stone House provides comprehensive services to women and families, including operating a domestic violence shelter program and managing transitional housing with onsite supports. The organization completed a decade-long capital campaign and assembled a complex mix of public and private resources to construct a new four-story building containing 32 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and at-risk families. The ground floor design permitted Stone House to consolidate its administrative offices, create adequate space for service provision, and open the organization’s first full-day, full year preschool child care program. The child care space was designed to support trauma-informed care and features clear sight lines, designated areas for observation and de-escalation, and multi-functional, flexible spaces for collaborative programming and learning. The outdoor play area was designed to nurture sensory development and features musical instruments, climbing logs, green space, nature play, and art, and is a peaceful space for children who have experienced disruption and trauma in their young lives.

Child Care

The Edgerley Family Horizons Center Boston

Horizons for Homeless Children

The Edgerley Family Horizons Center

Horizons for Homeless Children (Horizons) improves the lives of families experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts by providing high-quality early education and comprehensive family support services.

Horizons consolidated its three existing early learning centers to create this 50,000 square foot facility in Roxbury to serve as a social services hub, bringing its administrative and operations team under one roof. The center is designed to reflect a trauma-informed approach to care, utilizing practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing. A wide variety of enhancements, including a library, community room, and STEM lab, support developmentally appropriate activities unavailable in older facilities. Horizons partnered with a local developer to create the seven-story building. The unique public/private joint venture permitted the team to remediate an entire city block of contaminated land.

The new facility also has a creative two-level natural playground with a slide and a climbing wall that utilizes the site’s natural grade and provides a protected play area in the heart of the city.

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Fiscal Year 2021 Projects Funded by CEDAC and Children's Investment Fund

  • Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc. (Abby's House)
    21-23 Crown Street, Worcester
  • Bethany Community Services, Inc.
    Merrimack Place, Haverill
  • Caribbean Integration Community Development
    150 River Street, Boston
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
    Walando Homes, Boston
  • Domus Incorporated
    Atwater Place, Westfield
  • Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
    9 Leyland Street, Boston
  • Father Bills & MainSpring
    Roadway Apartments, Brockton
  • Harbor Homes of Martha's Vineyard, Inc.
    Harbor Homes Congregate House, Oak Bluffs
  • Harborlight Community Partners
    Anchor Point Phases 1 and 2, Beverly
    Maple Woods, Wenham
  • Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc.
    Humphreys Street Acquisition, Boston
  • Home City Development, Inc.
    Elias Brookings Apartments, Springfield
  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
    3371-3375 Washington Street, Boston
    Cooperatives Recapitalization, Boston
  • Just-A-Start Corporation
    Broadway Park, Cambridge
  • Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc.
    Island Parkside Phase 2, Lawrence
  • Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association, Inc.
    104-108 Walter St. Affordable Homeownership, Boston
  • Main South CDC
    Grand Street Commons, Worcester
  • Mainstay Supportive Housing & Home Care
    Hyde Park Avenue Renovation, Boston
  • Metro West Collaborative Development, Inc.
    Glen Brook Way Senior Apartments, Medway
  • Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center
    Veterans Housing - Winchendon, Winchendon
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore, Inc.
    Holbrook Center Senior Housing, Holbrook
  • Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc.
    Aileron, Boston
    Ayer Commons, Ayer
    Union Block, Taunton
  • North Shore CDC
    New Point Acquisitions, Salem
    Salem Schools, Salem
    Tabernacle Church Redevelopment, Salem
    The Lighthouses, Salem
  • North Star Family Services
    1-7 Marcello Avenue, Leominster
  • Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
    Dudley Crossing, Boston
  • Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc.
    150 River Street, Boston
    872 Morton Street Village, Boston
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.
    950 Falmouth Road, Mashpee
    Salem Heights, Salem
  • Rural Development, Inc.
    Moltenbrey Recapitalization, Montague
    Sanderson Place, Sunderland
  • Soldier On
    1660 Main Street, Tewksbury
  • South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation
    Paraclete Senior Housing, Boston
  • Stow Elderly Housing Corporation
    Plantation Apartments II, Stow
  • The Community Builders, Inc.
    250 Centre Street, Boston
    Mildred Hailey Building 1A, Boston
    Sever Square Phase II, Worcester
  • The Neighborhood Developers
    170 Cottage Street, Chelsea
  • The People's Academy
    The People's Academy Residential Center, Boston
  • Valley CDC
    Laurel & School Streets, Northampton
  • Valley Opportunity Council
    Belcher Apartments, Chicopee
  • Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID)
    Hamilton & Mt. Everett Senior Housing, Boston
  • Way Finders, Inc.
    Rosewood Townhomes, Agawam
  • Worcester Common Ground
    127 Chandler Street, Worcester
  • YMCA Cape Cod
    YMCA Cape Cod Early Education Center, Hyannis
  • YWCA Central MA
    One Salem Square, Worcester
  • YMCA of the North Shore - Beverly
    Middle Street Housing, Gloucester
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