SMOC Receives $250,000 Tax Credit; Baker-Polito Announce $9.7 Million in Tax Credits

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BOSTON – Today, October 5, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the 2021 Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program allocations to 53 community development corporations (CDCs) and Community Service Organizations (CSOs) from across Massachusetts.

Nearly $9.7 million in tax credits will help organizations enhance their fundraising and organizational capacity, in support of their efforts to increase economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income residents. 

Among the recipients was the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) which received a $250,000 tax credit. The organization is based in Framingham.


“Massachusetts is fortunate to have a large network of CDCs, keenly aware of community needs, providing a diverse array of services,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to continue supporting the Community Investment Tax Credit program, which has enabled CDCs to raise and invest more than $75 million since it started.”  
  
“The Commonwealth’s Community Development Corporations are leaders on the ground, creating tailored programing to fill gaps in their own neighborhoods, with financial literacy programs, small business support, first-time homebuyer education and youth services,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Over the past year, CDCs were also vital partners in our statewide response to COVID-19, responding to local needs with direct aid and services and we are pleased to support our partners at CDCs across Massachusetts.” 

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy were joined by a wide range of community development corporations and community service organizations in Revere for today’s announcement.  


“Massachusetts Community Development Corporations have been ringing the alarm on our housing crisis for many years, and they have been building high-quality, affordable rental and homeownership opportunities to meet local demand. Throughout the pandemic, they have also been invaluable resources for our small businesses, especially those owned by people of color and serving disadvantaged communities,” said Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “The CITC Program enables CDCs to increase their fundraising, and in turn make greater investments in our communities to improve housing, provide assistance to small businesses, and enable neighborhoods to thrive.”
 
Community development is a critical part of DHCD’s mission, and our CDCs continue to be powerhouses of innovation and leadership in their regions. DHCD has long worked with CDCs to pilot new programs, fund financial literacy and first-time homebuyer programs, and develop affordable housing,” said Massachusetts Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox. “We are proud to continue supporting this high-impact program to help CDCs expand their reach.”



Community-based organizations have always been an important on-the-ground partner for the Commonwealth, and their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic have been nothing short of heroic in supporting residents and small businesses. The network of Small Business Technical Assistance Providers helped businesses, especially those owned by people of color, individuals with low- and moderate-incomes, and other vulnerable demographic groups, navigate the reopening process, apply for the federal PPP loans, and access the more than $700 million awarded by the state through the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). These organizations will also continue to be key partners on neighborhood stabilization, affordable housing production, and closing the racial homeownership gap.
 
The CITC program allocates tax credits to CDCs that have adopted Community Investment Plans outlining their development strategies and goals. The credits are then offered by recipient CDCs in exchange for qualified donations, incentivizing the investments required to sustain the work of these organizations. Since the inception of the program in 2014, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has allocated more than $42 million of these tax credits, yielding nearly $75 million in new investment for CDCs.


Certified CDCs provide community services, including financial literacy education, youth services, first-time homebuyer education and counseling, small business support, and other local economic and community development activities. Many CDCs also develop, preserve, and manage local affordable housing portfolios and receive funding or tax credit allocations through DHCD’s affordable housing development programs.
 
“We deeply appreciate the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to sustaining and growing this program which is spurring resident-led community development across the Commonwealth,” said Joe Kriesberg, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Community Development Corporations.  This program provided CDCs with the flexible funding they needed to respond to the urgent and ever-changing needs of our communities during this awful pandemic.  Now, with these awards, CDCs can leverage more private investment to fuel equitable recovery and growth.”



 
Earlier this summer, the Baker-Polito Administration and MGCC announced the award of $4 million to 45 non-profit technical assistance providers, many that are receiving CITC allocations, to continue working with small businesses and entrepreneurs from traditionally underserved communities to grow and expand their businesses.

Additionally, $14.7 million in grants were awarded to 15 organizations, including Community Teamwork, LISC Boston, Mill Cities Community Investments, and Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts (SEACMA), under MGCC’s Community Development Financial Institution and Community Development Corporation’s (CDFI and CDC) Match Grant Program, which funds both lending and mini-grant programs for small businesses.
 
2021 CITC Tax Credit Allocations


ACEDONE*: $50,000
Act Lawrence:  $50,000
Allston Brighton CDC:  $200,000
Asian CDC:  $170,000
CDC Southern Berkshire:  $250,000
CEDC:  $100,000
Chinatown Community Land Trust*:  $50,000
Coalition for a Better Acre:  $125,000
Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp.:  $200,000
Community Development Partnership:  $250,000
Community Teamwork:  $200,000
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp.:  $150,000
Downtown Taunton: $75,000
Dudley Neighbors, Inc.:  $150,000
Fenway CDC:  $250,000
Groundwork Lawrence: $250,000


Harborlight Community Partners:  $250,000
Hilltown CDC:  $150,000
Housing Assistance Corp. Cape Cod:  $250,000
IBA:  $150,000
Island Housing Trust:  $250,000
JPNDC:  $200,000
Just-A-Start:  $250,000
Lawrence Community Works:  $250,000
Lena Park:  $100,000
LISC Boston:  $250,000


MACDC:  $250,000
Madison Park CDC:  $200,000
Main South CDC:  $150,000
Mill Cities Community Investments: $250,000
NeighborWorks Housing Solutions:  $150,000
New Vue Communities:  $250,000
NOAH:  $250,000
North Shore CDC:  $250,000
Nuestra Comunidad:  $200,000
One Holyoke: $200,000
Quaboag CDC:  $250,000
Revitalize CDC: $200,000
SMOC:  $250,000
Somerville CDC:  $175,000
South Boston NDC:  $50,000
South East Asian Coalition Central MA*:  $50,000
Southwest Boston:  $150,000
The Neighborhood Developers:  $200,000
Urban Edge:  $250,000
Valley CDC:  $200,000
WATCH:  $200,000
Way Finders:  $175,000
Wellspring Cooperative: $150,000
WHALE:  $175,000
Worcester Common Ground:  $150,000
Worcester Community Housing: $175,000
Worcester East Side: $100,000
 
*Newly certified CDCs and first-time applicants

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