Newton Housing Partnership


 Next Meeting:

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Location: ZOOM Mtg.
(info below)




The mission of the Newton Housing Partnership is to foster and support the preservation and creation of housing in order to promote an economically diverse City of Newton. As Mayor Theodore D. Mann wrote after its creation in 1989, the Newton Housing Partnership is to be comprehensive and creative as well as pragmatic and grounded in the fiscal and economic realities of the times. 

With this mission, the Newton Housing Partnership (NHP) is an advisory body to the Mayor, City staff, City Council, Boards, Commissions, and Committees on Newton's housing needs, policies, programs, zoning and specific proposals. 

Housing Partnership Memos to the Mayor

 Topic  Date of Memo
Zoning Redesign Article 3 Letter to Mayor Fuller and Councilor Crossley  Aug. 2020
 Local Preference Policy Letter re: Riverside   July 2020
 Newton Housing Partnership Project Review Criteria  June 2020
 Riverside Letter of Support  May 19, 2020
Dunstan East 40B Letter of Support  April 20, 2020
 NHA Acquisition of CAN-DO Portfolio  Jan. 29, 2020
 Northland Special Permit Project  Nov. 7, 2019
 Washington Street Vision Plan  Aug. 19, 2019
 Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Update

 June 10, 2019

Current Partnership Members

  • Marc Caggiano:   Reverend Caggiano is the minister of the First Baptist Church in Chestnut Hill. Prior to entering the ministry, he was a commercial real estate lawyer with experience in affordable housing development, finance, and land use.
  • Eliza Datta:  Eliza Datta is a housing developer with 20+ years of experience in planning, financing, and developing affordable and mixed-income housing. Before starting her own development company, E3 Development LLC, she held senior positions with real estate firms in Boston and New York City. Eliza is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Affordable and Workforce Housing Council and serves on the Board of the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
  • Chuck Eisenberg:  Chuck Eisenberg is a real estate development consultant with particular expertise in affordable housing. Among other positions, he has been the Chairman of the Newton Economic Development Commission, Co-authored the Villages section of the Comprehensive Plan, and Chaired the Newton Centre Task Force. Mr. Eisenberg has resided in Newton for forty-three years.
  • John Hennessey
  • Lizbeth Heyer (Acting Chair):   Lizbeth Heyer is a passionate advocate for affordable housing with more than 30 years of professional experience in affordable housing development, planning, policy and advocacy in both the non-profit and public sectors. Prior to her current position as Chief of Real Estate and Innovation for 2Life Communities, Lizbeth served in the Patrick Administration as the Associate Director of Public Housing and Rental Assistance for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Lizbeth serves on the Citizens Housing and Planning Association's (CHAPA) Policy Leadership Council. 
  • Kathy Marchi:   Kathy Marchi is a senior leader with experience in public education, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Kathy was the Director of Alumni Relations for the MIT Sloan School of Management and is also the former Director of The Newton Partnership, a collaboration of 20+ organizations and agencies serving the needs of our children, youth and families. Kathy brings her perspective of concern and care for meeting the varied and urgent needs of all community members to her work with the Newton Housing Partnership. 
  • Josephine McNeil:  Josephine McNeil is the Executive Director Emeritus of CAN-DO. During her 25 year tenure in various roles at the organization, including being one of the original founders, board president, and executive director, the organization developed approximately 50 units of affordable housing for very low and extremely low-income families. An attorney by training, Josephine continues to serve on boards of several local, state and national legal and/or housing nonprofit organizations. In addition to her role on the Newton Housing Partnership, she currently serves on the City of Newton's Fair Housing Committee and is the co-chair of U-CHAN, a local housing advocacy organization with a mission to educate Newton residents about housing issues broadly. 
  • Marva Serotkin:  Marva Serotkin was the President of The Boston Home from 1997-2017, which received national recognition for innovative programs for people with disabilities. Most recently she acted as co-developer of Harmon Apartments, a mixed-income, accessible, affordable apartment complex in Boston. Prior to her work at The Boston Home, she was the CEO of the Shattuck Hospital and Cura VNA in Plymouth. Marva has received numerous awards for her volunteer leadership. 
  • Stephen Tise:  Stephen E. Tise, AIA, Principal of Tise Design Associates in Newton, started his career in affordable housing, planning and design in 1978, working predominantly with non-profit sponsors. His practice expanded to include public housing design work in the Boston Metropolitan Region, as well as nine states in the Eastern U.S. He was a consultant to HUD in shaping the HOPE VI Program and was on the Governor's Housing Production Advisory Council. Steve is a Loeb Fellowship recipient from Harvard, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Boston Architectural College Alumni of the Year, and has been recognized both nationally and internationally for both his innovative design work, as well as his impact on social housing policy.

Upcoming Partnership Meetings: 2020

 Meeting Date  Meeting Resources

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 6:00-8:00 pm, via ZOOM
ZOOM Online Meeting:
For audio only, call 1(301)715-8592 and enter
Meeting ID: 885 807 20739. 

NHP Meeting Agenda_9.15.20

Past Partnership Meetings: 2020

 Meeting Date   Meeting Resources
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020  Agenda; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020  Agenda; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, March 17, 2020  Agenda; Audio Recording (tape 1); Audio Recording (tape 2); Meeting Summary
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 NHP Meeting Agenda_4.21.20Meeting Summary
Tuesday, May 19, 2020  NHP Mtg. Agenda_5.19.20; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, June 16, 2020  NHP Meeting Agenda_6.16.20; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, July 21, 2020  NHP Meeting Agenda_7.21.20; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020  NHP Meeting Agenda_8.18.20


Past Partnership Meetings: 2019

  Meeting Date   Meeting Resources
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 pm Agenda; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, April 16, 6:00-8:00 pm Agenda; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, May 14, 6:00-8:00 pm Agenda; Meeting Summary
Tuesday, June 18, 6:00-8:00 pm  Agenda; Meeting Summary
  Tuesday, July 23, 6:00-8:00 pm  Agenda; Meeting Summary
 Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:00-7:00 pm  Agenda; Meeting Summary
 Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:00-8:00 pm  Agenda; Meeting Summary 
 Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:00-8:00 pm Agenda; Meeting Summary
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