MCBC Seeks New Executive Director
March 01, 2018
The Massachusetts Community and Banking Council is currently recruiting a new Executive Director who will charged with leading this growing nonprofit organization. This dynamic leader will lead efforts and collaborate with an engaged Board of Directors to carry out the MCBC mission of promoting community investment in underserved areas throughout the Commonwealth. While the organization is currently predominantly focused in greater Boston, there is an active growth plan in place to expand presence and impact. The Executive Director is expected to lead these efforts and drive the growth and visibility of the organization.
MCBC and Mel King Institute Host Implicit Bias Training
February 08, 2018
On Feburary 7th, MCBC and the Mel King Institute hosted a training on Implicit Bias for Homeownership Professionals at MAHA. Trainer Susan Naimark introduced participants to the concept of implicit bias: what it is, how it develops, and its impacts on individuals and organizations. Participants left with a better understanding of their own unconscious biases, and some practical, research based strategies to reduce them.
MCBC Releases Changing Patterns XXIV
January 17, 2018
MCBC announces the release of Changing Patterns XXIV: Mortgage Lending to Traditionally Underserved Borrowers & Neighborhoods in Boston, Greater Boston and Massachusetts, 2016. This is the twenty-fourth in the annual series of Changing Patterns reports prepared for the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC). The report presents information on home-purchase mortgage lending in the city of Boston, in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts, in Boston neighborhoods, and in thirty-six large cities. The report was prepared for MCBC by Jim Campen, professor emeritus of economics at UMass Boston.
Changing Patterns XXIV Forum on January 23rd at MassHousing
January 09, 2018
In our twenty-fourth annual report on mortgage lending patterns, Changing Patterns XXIV, the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC) offers information on patterns of mortgage lending in the City of Boston, in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts. Join us at MassHousing on January 23rd as Jim Campen, the report’s author, presents the data from Changing Patterns XXIV, then explore the data with an expert panel.
Notes from 12/12/17 Mortgage Lending Committee meeting
December 12, 2017
The December 12th Mortgage Lending Committee Meeting included a lot of great information, including: 1) Presentation on the Framework Online Counseling Product, 2) Updates on Changing Patterns XXIV and ONE mortgage data, and 3) Information on Changing Patterns Forum on January 23rd, Implicit Bias Training on February 7th and Richard Rothstein event on March 27th. Our next Mortgage Lending Committee event will be held at the Changing Patterns Forum on January 23rd.
Notes from 12/7/17 Economic Development Committee Meeting
December 07, 2017
The December 7th Economic Development Committee Meeting included a lot of great information, including: 1) Presentation by Mark Sullivan of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment spoke to the group about available STEP grants, 2) info on how to nominate a small biz for the SBA Awards, 3) Preliminary data from the 2016 Small Business Lending Report, and 4) Info on the January 11th Chicago United Case Study Event. Our next Economic Development Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, January 25th at 9:30 AM at Interise, 197 Portland Street, Boston.
MCBC Fall 2017 Bulletin released
November 16, 2017
Passed in 1977, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) celebrates its fortieth anniversary this fall. Whether you are new to CRA or a seasoned professional, MCBC has a way for you to get involved to ensure that CRA continues to have a positive impact. Join us for a CRA Basics training for community development professionals in December or our Changing Patterns XXIV Forum in January. And Save the Date for an exciting event with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law. Sign up to have your Financial Institution participate in Basic Banking for Massachusetts or join MCBC as a Financial Institution Member. Read more about how to get involved in MCBC in the full MCBC Fall 2017 Bulletin.
Notes from 10/26/17 Economic Development Committee Meeting
October 26, 2017
The October 26th Economic Development Committee Meeting included a lot of great information, including: 1) Presentation by Ingrid Gorman of Association for Enterprise Opportunity on their report The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America, 2) an Update from Interise on the C3 Anchor Institution Initiative Hackathon, and 3) an invitation to MCBC’s regional meeting in Tewksbury on November 1st. Our next Economic Development Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 9:30 AM at Interise, 197 Portland Street, Boston.
Notes from 10/24/17 Mortgage Lending Committee meeting
October 24, 2017
The October 24th Mortgage Lending Committee Meeting included a lot of great information, including: 1) Presentation by the City of Cambridge HomeBridge Program, 2) Information on Paired Testing in Mortgage Lending, 3) Updates on HMDA data that will become available in 2019, and 4) Save the Dates for Changing Patterns Forum on January 23rd and Richard Rothstein event on March 27th. Our next Mortgage Lending Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12th at 9:00 AM at MHP, 160 Federal Street, 2nd Floor, Boston.
MCBC Launches New Regional Program in Lowell/Lawrence/North Central Massachusetts
October 23, 2017
The Massachusetts Community & Banking Council is pleased to announce that we will be bringing regular programming to the Lowell/Lawrence/North Central Massachusetts region. In an effort to better reach Financial Institutions and Community Partners outside of Boston, MCBC will be holding regular meetings in this region and we want you to join us!
Join us as we kick off this effort during our MCBC Board of Directors Meeting on November 1st. You will have a chance to network with MCBC’s Board Members and Executive Director, learn more about MCBC and our work, hear about our reports and events, and discuss how MCBC can support your work to improve access to credit in traditionally underserved communities.