星期日, 8月 18, 2019

吳弭競選連任 8/22辦第三屆街區派對

South Cove Manor Hosts Secretary of Elder Affairs Elizabeth Chen for a Conversation on Elder Care in the Commonwealth

麻州老人事務署署長陳倩(右三)拜會中華頤養院,和中華頤養院董事長雷偉志(右起),院長陳力,共同創辦人阮陳金鳳,陳秀英,以及執行長Bill Graves合影。(中華頤養院提供)

                    (Boston Orange) 麻州新上任的老人事務署(EOCA)署長陳倩(Elizabeth Chen)815日專程拜會中華頤養院,了解麻州地區的老人服務概況。
           中華頤養院共同創辦人暨董事陳秀英,主席雷偉志召集了一場午餐會,介紹中華頤                                     養院從1985年,由華埠社區一群熱心人在波士頓華埠創建,然後於2014年擴張,遷至昆士市華盛頓街現址,從平地新建的經過。
           中華頤養院執行長Bill Graves從照顧服務提供者的角度,綜述了他所觀察到的麻州長期照顧業現狀。他也感謝麻州議會及麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker),在簽署通過的2020會計年度麻州財政預算中,包括了給頤養院等機構的新編5000萬元醫療補助經費。
                                      根據Graves所說,費用補償方面的挑戰,影響了照顧品質,也威脅到許多耆英們賴以為家的頤養院等機構的生存。麻州2020會計年度增列的醫療補助經費,將對長期照顧業者解決經費效率不足問題大有助益。該預算也設立了護理機構緊急任務小組(Nursing Facility Emergency Task Force)來提供建議,以確保頤養護理機構的持續性。

           當天出席參與討論的人,包括中華頤養院院長陳力,護理主任Mary Louise,共同創辦人阮陳金鳳,以及社區志工Thomas Chen       (Boston Orange) South Cove Manor at Quincy Point, a non-profit rehabilitation and care community located in Quincy, welcomed Elizabeth Chen, Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), on August 15th for a substantive conversation on elder care in the Commonwealth.           South Cove Manor Founder and Board Member Helen Chin Schlichte and Chairman Richard Lui convened the luncheon meeting with an introduction outlining South Cove Manor’s founding in 1985 by members of Boston’s Chinatown community, and the expansion of South Cove and its 2014 move to its current, newly constructed community on Washington Street.
         CEO Bill Graves shared insights on the current state of long-term care in Massachusetts from the provider and caregiver perspective and expressed his appreciation to the Massachusetts Legislature for passing, and Governor Charlie Baker for signing, the FY 2020 budget which includes $50 million in new Medicaid funding for nursing facility care.
          According to Graves, reimbursement challenges have impacted the quality of care and threatened the viability of many nursing centers that are home to frail elders across the Commonwealth. He stated, “The FY 2020 budget increase for Medicaid funding will go a long way in helping us address inefficiencies in funding for long term care.” The budget also establishes a Nursing Facility Emergency Task Force to make recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the nursing facility sector.
         Joining in the discussion, which was followed by a tour of the campus, were South Cove Manor at Quincy Point Administrator Li Chen, Director of Nursing Mary Louise Butler, Founder Amy Guen and community volunteer Thomas Chen.

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Interested parties should submit their applications for affordable housing, parks and open space, and historic preservation projects by September 27, 2019

BOSTON - Friday, August 16, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the release of applications for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for fall 2019. The application calls for CPA eligible projects that are ready to begin construction in the next 18 months, bringing new investments in affordable housing, parks and open space, and preservation of historic sites to Boston's neighborhoods. Interested parties should submit their full application by September 27, 2019. 

"The three components of the Community Preservation Act --  affordable housing, open space, and historic preservation -- connect the past, present, and future of a community," said Mayor Walsh. "I invite residents and organizations to submit their applications for funding and I look forward to recommending great projects that will help us restore history and strengthen our communities." 

The Community Preservation Fund is capitalized primarily by a one percent property tax-based surcharge on residential and business property tax bills that began in July 2017 after voters adopted the measure in November 2016. The last round of CPA awards in February 2019 funded $34 million to 56 projects across the city, including affordable housing developments and programs, parks and open space, and historic preservation projects consistent with statewide guidelines. 

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is committed to broad community participation, supporting accessible and visible projects that have a positive impact on neighborhoods and residents. CPA staff has been hosting community conversations in various neighborhoods to explain the eligibility requirements and the application process to residents and organizations interested in applying for funding. Following the application deadline, the CPC will meet to review applications and recommend projects to the Mayor and City Council for approval.

"As a housing developer, community volunteer, lover of historic buildings, and longtime Roxbury resident, I feel honored to be tasked with the challenge of recommending transformative CPA projects to our Mayor and City Council," said Felicia Jacques, chair of the Community Preservation Committee. "Our neighborhoods have not had a boost like this in years, possibly ever. It's thrilling to see CPA signs on fences, buildings, and backstops across the City!"

CPA funds contribute to building strong neighborhoods through strategic investments that support affordable housing, open space and historic preservation. Mayor Walshrecently announced the ONE+Boston mortgage, which utilizes $3.8 million in Community Preservation funds to finance a permanent reduction in the interest rate of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The ONE+Boston mortgage product will be offered by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) to income-eligible Bostonians buying their first home within the city limits and was supported by the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) and Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). 

In just two years, CPA's impact in Boston includes funding more than 225 units of affordable housing at a range of income levels, new parks and playgrounds, the creation of community gardens and urban farms, and the rescue of historic buildings in nearly every neighborhood. Projects selected in previous application rounds include awarding CPA funds for basketball courts in Roxbury, affordable housing for seniors in East Boston, and preserving the historic home of John Adams' Secretary of War in Charlestown, just to name a few. 

"We've wanted a park in our Dorchester neighborhood forever. The most accessible greenspace now is across busy Talbot Ave to Franklin Field or across Blue Hill Ave to the stone wall around Franklin Park," said Laquisa Burke from the West of Washington Coalition. "They are a long walk, especially with little kids. But thanks to CPA we've purchased three plots of land next to the new Fairmount train station. We'll have a playground, picnic tables, a monarch butterfly garden, and best of all, a place where our neighbors can gather for the annual barbecue!"

As part of his 2019 legislative agenda, Mayor Walsh has been advocating for adjusting the surcharge on fees for recording deeds to increase the State CPA match, protecting the Act that more than 170 cities and towns depend on for the creation of affordable housing, open space, and historic preservation. When municipalities voted to enact CPA, they did so with the promise of a substantial state match. This year, the match was just 11 percent with a one-time surplus allotment added, but the CPA bill people voted for is no longer the same bill. The FY20 State budget increases the match, raising an estimated additional $36 million in revenue, putting the state match at around 30 percent and allowing us to invest more in our communities.

To apply for CPA funding for affordable housing projects, please visit here. For parks and open space projects, please visit here. For historic preservation projects, please visit here. 

CA Treasurer Fiona Ma Announces Fall Bond Sales of $4.16 Billion

Treasurer Fiona Ma Announces Fall Bond Sales of $4.16 Billion

SACRAMENTO – State Treasurer Fiona Ma today announced the upcoming sales of seven bond issues totaling approximately $5.16 billion. The sales begin September 5 with $2.3 billion of General Obligation bonds.

“Significant portions of these General Obligation bond sales will be used to finance older debt at today’s lower rates,” the Treasurer said. “This will save taxpayers money and free up resources for other important projects and programs.”

The funding, she added, will also provide support for a range of vital infrastructure projects across the state.

The schedule of fall bond sales includes:

September 5: Various Purpose General Obligation Bonds and Various Purpose General Obligation Refunding Bonds -- approximately $2.3 billion.
o   Proceeds will provide funding for Prop 51 (the Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016) and refinance previously issued bonds.
Week of October 28: State Public Works Board Lease Revenue Bonds, 2019 Series C -- approximately $400 million.
o   Proceeds will provide funding for the following projects:
§ Department of Forestry and Fire (CalFire) Academy to construct dormitory authority building and expand mess hall.
§ Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR): (1) Riverside County Jail Project; (2) Santa Barbara County Jail Project; (3) Tulare County Jail Project; (4) Sutter County Jail Project; and (5) various CDCR Health Care Facility Improvement Program projects.

November 6: California Health Facilities Financing Authority: No Place Like Home Program Senior Revenue Bonds (Social Bonds - Federally Taxable) -- approximately $500 million. 
o   Proceeds will provide funding to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s No Place Like Home Program, which aids in the acquisition, design, construction, rehabilitation, preservation and operation of permanent and supportive housing for persons who are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness or who are at risk of chronic homelessness, and who are in need of mental health services.
Proceeds will provide permanent financing for projects funded with commercial paper notes and refinance previously issued bonds at lower interest cost.

Week of December 2: IBank, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Headquarters Expansion Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2019 (Green Bonds) -- approximately $300 million.
o   Proceeds will fund the acquisition, design, construction and equipping of an expansion to the CalSTRS headquarters facility in West Sacramento.

More information about the upcoming fall bond sales can be found at BuyCaliforniaBonds.com. The bond issuances described above (including the amounts and timing thereof) are preliminary and subject to change or cancellation based on market conditions or other factors as determined by the State Treasurer.

Note: This does not constitute an offer to sell nor an offer to buy bonds. Bonds may only be offered by means of an official statement. Contact your broker.

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state's history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant elected to the position. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Fiona serves as its head banker, providing transparency and oversight for the government’s investment portfolio and accounts as well as managing the state’s $92 billion in financial assets. The Treasurer’s Office provides financing for our schools, roads, housing, levees, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of all Californians. We manage cash receipts for the state and manage bond issuances and oversee programs that fund schools, hospitals, and affordable housing and small businesses. We also manage three savings programs helping individuals with disabilities, college, and private-employee retirement.


Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of 76 new homes and 13,300 square feet of retail space in Dudley Square


BOSTON - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, Windale Developers, Harvard University, elected officials and residents to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Bartlett Station development, which will transform a vacant lot into a new mixed-use, transit-oriented development. The two buildings that were celebrated with a ribbon cutting today will offer 76 new homes, five units for homeless individuals and 13,300 square feet of community-oriented retail storefronts on a once-vacant MBTA property in Roxbury.  

"Affordable housing is the key to opportunity for families and helps give our residents a good quality of life," said Mayor Walsh. "At a time when the federal government is stepping back from investments in affordable housing, Boston and our partners are stepping up. I'm proud of the work that the City, Nuestra Communidad, Windale and all our partners have done to create these new homes and jobs that will continue to keep this a strong, vibrant place to live and work."

Today's ribbon cutting represents the culmination of more than a decade of planning, advocacy and hard work by the community to restore an approximately 8-acre former brownfield site in Roxbury. Bartlett Station is a multiphase project which proposes approximately 383 new homes for working families, including 166 homes for purchase, 217 apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space upon completion. The development project is anticipated to generate approximately 100 retail jobs and 900 construction jobs, with 60 percent of the jobs going to workers of color.

The first two buildings of Bartlett Station celebrated today consist of a 60-unit mixed-income rental apartment building and a 16-unit new condominium building. The apartment building boasts 23 one-bedroom apartments, 30 two-bedroom apartments, and 7 three-bedroom apartments. Two-thirds of the new housing is affordable to workforce individuals and families, including 32 units deemed as affordable to families earning less than 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). 

"As a life-long Bostonian, I am truly grateful for the impact Bartlett Station has on our city. This project helps to alleviate the affordability tension in our housing market by creating truly affordable homes for people who may not have had the opportunity to live in Boston," said State Representative Chynah Tyler. "We are committed to working to create and preserve even more affordable housing for all of our families to live comfortably. This is why I am pleased to support Mayor Walsh, the City of Boston, Nuestra CDC, Harvard, and all the partners in making Boston affordable for everyone."

"I was thrilled to celebrate the opening of Bartlett Station, which is providing much needed mixed income housing, including two-thirds affordable and workforce units in Roxbury," said Boston City Councilor Kim Janey, who represents the neighborhood. "I want to thank the Mayor and all of the partners that helped us get here, especially Nuestra Communidad, Windale, and all of the residents who have been engaged in this process over the years. Today was a good day!"

"I am proud that Bartlett Station is a transformative, equitable development that is part of our anti displacement strategy for Dudley Square," said Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation Executive Director David Price. "I want to thank all of our many partners for helping to realize our vision to turn a contaminated brownfield eyesore into a new development that has real economic and health benefits for our community." 
"Bartlett Station's unique mixed-income program was designed for working people like me. My family doesn't qualify as low income, but at Bartlett Station I qualified for the middle group," said Joani Torres who lives in the new apartment building. "I love that everything is where I need it. The bus stop right in front of our building can take my daughter to school each day, and drop her off at our front door. We're closer to family and my job, and I can just walk to work each day. I want to thank the Mayor and Nuestra Comunidad for making this possible. We're proud to call this beautiful affordable building our home."

In addition to new housing, the apartment building has two retail storefronts located along Washington Street. Good Food Markets, slated to open later this year, plans to provide healthy food, hire people from the community, offer job training and career opportunities, and promote healthy food choices to people in Roxbury. Good Food Markets is a nonprofit grocery store dedicated to addressing issues of food access and community health by working in partnership with Nuestra Comunidad, Boston Medical Center, and the Kresge Foundation. 

"Good Food Markets is proud to join the Roxbury community," said Philip Sambol, executive director of Good Food Markets. "Good Food Markets is a collaborative effort in the community that transcends food access. The residents and community leaders that we have met over the last three years care about what we care about: a store that is by, of, and for the Roxbury community. Good Food Markets is a retail platform, but the real success is achieved by listening and taking action with our neighbors." 

Secured by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), the project was made possible in part by $1 million in linkage funds, a payment from large commercial developments for the creation of housing and job training programs, and $1 million in Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) funds. IDP requires that market-rate housing developments with 10 or more units and need zoning relief contribute to income-restricted housing. 

Harvard University contributed more than $600,000 in pre-development financing to help develop Bartlett Station. Harvard's initiative, formerly known as 20/20/2000, was first launched in 2000 and committed $20 million in low-interest, flexible loans. It has helped leverage more than $1.3 billion in housing developments with more than 5,500 affordable units in Boston and more than 1,600 affordable units in Cambridge. Harvard University recently announced it would recommit $20 million to an initiative aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing in Greater Boston. 

"Harvard is pleased to renew the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative. We are proud to be part of a community where partners from across Greater Boston come together to strengthen the region and address the urgent need for quality, affordable housing," said Harvard President Larry Bacow. "We are grateful to Mayor Walsh, Chief Dillon and all of our partners for their support and their efforts to increase access to homeownership and promote fair and equitable access to housing."

The developers of Bartlett Station have deep roots in the Roxbury community. Nuestra Comunidad has a 38-year legacy of creating communities of opportunity, building new community assets, and transforming community through economic development. Nuestra Comunidad has built more than 800 affordable apartments for working families, and built and sold nearly 200 homes that have created wealth and neighborhood stability for Roxbury residents. Windale Developers has an equally long history as a Roxbury developer and contractor, having been a leading developer of homeownership opportunities creating wealth for Roxbury families, and mentoring many local construction companies. 

The new apartment building is LEED Silver Certified and has many "green" features for long- term operations and sustainability. It also provides several improvements to the neighborhood such as new sidewalks, handicap accessible ramps, benches, lighting, bike racks, and a new pedestrian plaza and walkway that allows residents and visitors to move easily through the site.  The apartment building was designed by Davis Square Architects, constructed by BiltRite, and are managed by Winn Residential. The condominium building was designed by Micheal Washington Associates and built by Crosswinds Construction. 

The new buildings have been made possible by a contribution from the City of Boston, the City's Neighborhood Housing Trust, the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Community Development, Bank of America, Eastern Bank, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, National Equity Fund, Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, MassDevelopment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, and Enterprise Community Partners. 

Today's celebration builds on the release of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030, Boston's latest quarterly housing reportand the City's overall housing goal of 69,000 new units by 2030, to meet Boston's faster than expected population growth. These 69,000 new units include 15,820 new income-restricted units, which would elevate Boston's income-restricted inventory total to 70,000, or one in five of all housing units. In addition, the plan set a goal to preserve 85 percent of Boston's most at-risk privately-owned affordable units, and to purchase 1,000 units of rental housing stock from the speculative market and income-restrict them for perpetuity. 
Mayor Walsh's 2019 housing security legislative package focuses on expanding upon the work that Boston has done to address the region's affordable housing crisis and displacement risks for tenants. The housing security bills proposed seek to help existing tenants, particularly older adults, remain in their homes, and creates additional funding for affordable housing.




BOSTON - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - Building on his commitment to preserve affordable housing in Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined the Fenway Community Development Corporation, their development partner Schochet Companies and Lower Roxbury residents to celebrate the acquisition and preservation of 97 affordable housing units at the Newcastle/Saranac Apartments.  

"Preserving Boston's affordability is key to ensuring everyone who wants to live here can afford to do so, and I'm particularly pleased our commitment to the Newcastle/Saranac Apartments will both preserve and renovate 97 units of our existing affordable housing stock," said Mayor Walsh. "I want to thank the Fenway CDC and our partners for working with us to make sure families can stay in their homes. Together, we're protecting long-time residents from displacement, and we're helping maintain the character of this community."

The preservation of the units is made possible through Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) off-site unit contributions by three housing development projects: 60 Kilmarnock Street, 1000 Boylston Street, and 212 Stuart Street, negotiated by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). IDP requires that market-rate housing developments with 10 or more units and need zoning relief contribute to income-restricted housing. 

"Newcastle/Saranac has been my home for years, I raised my family here and I love this neighborhood," said Patricia Rogers, a 30-year resident of Newcastle/Saranac Apartments. "This building is in a convenient location, but the best part of living here is my neighbors. We look out for each other. I want to thank the Mayor, Fenway CDC and all of the people here today for helping us stay in our homes."

The City's Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) worked with the Fenway CDC to acquire the building and assist in the plan for the renovation of its 97 apartments, located on Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street in Lower Roxbury. Newcastle Saranac's long-term affordability restrictions were set to expire as the former owners paid off the mortgage they'd received using the MassHousing 13A program. If the building converted to market-rate, all of the tenants were likely to be displaced from homes they had lived in for decades. With help from City of Boston, Fenway CDC was able to purchase the building from its owners, protecting existing tenants from displacement, and preserving the long-term affordability of this mixed-income development.

"You know the old saying 'It takes a village?' Well, in order to save 97 units of affordable housing at Newcastle/Saranac, it took the City of Boston, the Commonwealth, and numerous quasi-public entities, banks and investors to rescue these apartments," said Leah Camhi, executive director of the Fenway CDC. "The families at Newcastle/Saranac are now guaranteed affordable homes for years to come due to all their herculean efforts." 

The Newcastle/Saranac acquisition and preservation was made possible with the significant support from the City's Department of Neighborhood Development, the Boston Planning & Development Agency, the State's Department of Housing and Community Development, MassDevelopment, MassHousing, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp and the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. 

Today's celebration builds on the release of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030, Boston's latest quarterly housing report, and the City's overall housing goal of 69,000 new units by 2030, to meet Boston's faster than expected population growth. These 69,000 new units include 15,820 new income-restricted units, which would elevate Boston's income-restricted inventory total to 70,000, or one in five of all housing units. In addition, the plan set a goal to preserve 85 percent of Boston's most at-risk privately-owned affordable units, and to purchase 1,000 units of rental housing stock from the speculative market and income-restrict them for perpetuity. 
Mayor Walsh's 2019 housing security legislative package focuses on expanding upon the work that Boston has done to address the region's affordable housing crisis and displacement risks for tenants. The housing security bills proposed seek to help existing tenants, particularly older adults, remain in their homes, and creates additional funding for affordable housing.

星期五, 8月 16, 2019

第三屆麻州中國日 中領館表揚僑胞 慶中美建交40週年


        (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)中國駐紐約總領事館和麻州眾議會亞太小組815日在麻州政府大樓大廳(Great Hall)第三年舉辦中國日,並慶祝中美建交40週年,出席的政商僑界人士逾150人。
在致詞中,錢進以3個字尾為T的英文字母,Trust (信任)Benefit (互利),信心(Confident),來形容,期望中美關係。
       麻州政府當天有州議會的多數黨領袖第二位助理Paul J. Donato,代表州政府歡迎嘉賓到會。州議會議員有陳德基,黃子安和Paul J. Donato,波士頓市議員有愛德華費林(Ed Flynn)等多人出席。今年擔任麻州財政委員會(Ways and Means Committee)主席的麥家威(Aaron Michlewitz),麻州財政廳廳長高伯珂(Deb Goldberg)也都在會末趕到,寒暄致意。

       中國音樂家協會的林湛濤,張正山,黃少堅,甄若茅等人應邀在現場演奏助興。古箏演奏家翁慧還陪同波士頓交響樂團藝術計畫主任Dennis Alves出席拜會。



紐約副總領事錢進頒獎表揚李建生(中)和Gene Hartingan聯袂領揚狀。



古箏高手翁慧(右起)介紹波士頓交響樂團藝術主任Dennis Alves給錢進