Mission, History & Milestones
The Community Development Partnership leads the Lower Cape in building a diverse year-round community of people who can afford to live, work and thrive here. To accomplish our mission, we promote, develop and manage affordable housing; nurture the launch and growth of small businesses; and facilitate collaboration with business, non-profit, and government partners.
In 1992, the Lower Cape Cod Community Development Corporation (d/b/a Community Development Partnership) was founded by a group of community and business leaders to improve the lives of low to moderate-income residents of the Lower Cape through economic development and the creation of affordable housing. In 1994 a micro-loan program to support the development and growth of local businesses was established and the Housing Rehabilitation program, which provides loans to income-eligible private property owners for critical home improvements was established with Community Development Block Grant funds through the Mass Department of Housing and Community Development. In 1996 the CDP established Canal House, a residential sober living facility with capacity for 8 men and women.
Throughout our twenty-nine-year history, the CDP has continued to adapt to the ever-shifting economic and demographic landscape of our area while maintaining our commitment to strengthening and expanding the building blocks of a vibrant community through the support of housing and economic initiatives.
Major Accomplishments include:
- Establishment of the Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership, LCCHP, a multi-pronged initiative designed to provide communities with the tools and knowledge they need to support housing initiatives. The LCCHP is comprised of the Cape Housing Institute, Advocacy Training, and a public education media campaign. In the past 4 years, these efforts have resulted in the consideration of 120 housing-related articles during Town Meetings across the Lower Cape and the approval of nearly $20M in local funding.
- Developing, owning, and managing 100 affordable & community housing rental units.
- Providing business assistance and/or loan capital to over 2,500 locally owned small businesses.
- Educating over 500 potential First Time Home Buyers so they have the resources to make informed decisions in the home buying process.
- Lending over $3,251,000 in micro-loans to help start and sustain 204 local small businesses.
- Installing 420 solar panels on our properties to harness the power of the sun, generating $50K each year.
- Developing the nationally recognized Cape Cod Fisheries Trust that retains over $10,000,000 in fishing revenues in the local economy each year and provides direct technical assistance support to the local day-boat fishing fleet.
- Repairing and upgrading 469 homes for low-and-moderate income families while putting local contractors to work with contracts totaling over $12 million.
- Establishment of the Orleans Winter Farmer Market
By focusing our efforts on a variety of program initiatives that are synergistically aligned, the organization has been able to develop a deep bench of expertise and skills that can be utilized in flexible ways to fulfill our strategic objectives which include:
- Strengthening business sectors with competitive regional advantage, especially traditional and renewable natural resource-based businesses such as fishing and the arts.
- Increasing the affordability and the availability of safe, stable year-round housing.
- Increasing energy efficiency and local renewable energy generation.