Valley CDC FALL 2009
Autumn News from Valley CDC
With New Funding for Easthampton Homeownership & Financial Literacy Programs, CDC Hires an Additional Homebuyer Counselor

      Valley CDC was awarded over $165,000 to fund a First Time Homebuyer Program, Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, and Financial Literacy Workshops and Counseling to Easthampton residents. Funding is provided through the City of Easthampton by DHCD with ARRA CDBG-R Program funds.

     Thanks to these grants, Valley CDC will be able to provide services for 60 Easthampton residents through the Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Literacy Program and 32 Easthampton residents through the First Time Homebuyer Program.  Funding includes $76,000 for mortgage subsidy and down payment and closing cost assistance.

Valley CDC welcomes Fern Selesnick as Homebuyer Counselor to its staff.  Fern will provide first time homebuyer counseling, and financial literacy counseling and workshops which are available to all Easthampton residents.  She will continue to facilitate and coordinate Valley's monthly First Time Homebuyer workshops.  For more info or to schedule an appointment click on Fern Selesnick

     Michele Morris, Homeownership Director, will be responsible for the provision of foreclosure prevention counseling.  Michele continues to counsel first time homebuyers in Northampton. For more info or to schedule an appointment click on
Michele Morris
Huff Wins 2009 MACDC Award
jh Jennica Huff, Assistant Project Manager for Housing Development at Valley CDC (second from right), was presented a Rising Star Award at the MACDC Annual Meeting in October. The award honors CDC employees with demonstrated potential to become major leaders in the Community Development field. Having joined Valley CDC in 2008, Jennica has worked tirelessly since. She helped plan for the acquisition of a property on King Street, Northampton which will be developed into 10 ESRO (enhanced Single Room Occupancy) units. Jennica was also instrumental in securing a contract to conduct a feasibility study for the Town of Amherst; the study assessed the suitability of a supportive housing development for homeless individuals.
Clean Sweep for Valley Millbank
     On October 25th, Valley CDC held a Fall Clean Up at Valley Millbank Apartments in Northampton. Volunteers turned out to maintain the detention pond - a "green" and sustainable landscape feature - so it can continue functioning efficiently. 
     Thanks go out to Home Depot in Hadley and Bertucci's in Amherst for their generous support.
More about detention ponds...
News From the Annual Meeting
     Our 21st Annual Meeting on November 19th was brimming; roughly 50 people attended. Our guest speaker was Pamela Schwartz, Director of Regional Coordination at Western Mass Mass Network to End Homelessness. She spoke about the Housing First initiative.
To learn more...

     We welcomed two new Valley CDC Board members: Felicity Hardee, Amherst resident and attorney with Bulkey, Richardson, & Gelinas, LLP and Rachana Crowley, Northampton resident and housing project manager at TCB...and bid farewell to Northampton resident Lionel Romain, past Board president and Easthampton resident Ojae Beale.  

      Also of interest was a presentation by small business owner, Angie Gregory, who owns Mother Herb, an organic diaper laundering service in Northampton.

Mother Herb website
Valley Gets Commonwealth Corps Volunteer
      Valley CDC is enjoying working with our new Commonwealth Corps volunteer, Sarah Hills. Corps members are addressing areas of critical need across the Commonwealth. We welcome Sarah's service in Housing Development and Small Business programs, as well as her commitment to the community. For 10 years Sarah worked as an Educational Administrator serving low-income students. Recently, she received a MALD from CSLD and has embarked on a career as a Landscape Designer. For Sarah, Valley CDC is an education in Housing Development and Small Business operations.
Be a Part of the 2010 Census Team
      The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring.  These temporary, part time positions offer flexible hours and good pay. The Census Bureau may be reached toll free 1-800-861-2010 or
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Building Community Through Housing & Business Development
In This Issue
Homeownership Programs Receive Funding
Huff Wins Award at MACDC Annual Meeting
Fall Clean Up at Millbank Apartments
News From the Annual Meeting
CDC gets Corps Volunteer
Census Jobs
Fall Clean Up
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Tom Kegelman, ED of Home City Housing, cleans up the detention pond at Valley Millbank Apartments.
Joanne Campbell
Executive Director
Richard Ochs, Jr.

Patrick McCarthy
Housing Project Manager

Michele Morris
Homeownership Director

Gene R. Talsky
Small Business Development

Jennica Huff
Assistant Project Manager

Fern Selesnick
Homebuyer Counselor

Amy Christian

Sarah Hills
Community Relations Specialist


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