Updated Press Kit Release

The Women’s Institute is pleased to release an updated press kit.
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Women’s Institute Announces Search For New Executive Director


Letter From Our Board President - New Executive Director Search

The Women’s Institute has launched its search for an executive director to lead the organization in the next chapter of furthering our mission and work.  With the assistance of Third Sector New England (TSNE) MissionWorks’ Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Nancy Jackson, we are pleased to share information with you about this exciting opportunity.  We invite you to share our posting with colleagues and friends, as we seek a diverse and creative pool of applicants for consideration. Our posting can be found here:


LISC Features Resident Successes at Ferry Crossing

Several residents at our Ferry Crossing property in Old Saybrook, CT were highlighted in a recent publication from our partner and pre-development lender, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Read on to learn how these quality, affordable homes on the coast of Connecticut helped to stabilize the lives of Robert and Santina.


Victory Gardens awarded Honorable Mention in 2014 Novogradac Developments of Distinction Awards

The Women’s Institute is honored to announce that Victory Gardens, our 74-unit affordable housing property for veterans in Newington, CT, was selected as Honorable Mention in LIHTC Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact in the 2014 Novogradac Developments of Distinction Awards. Click here for more information on the award and here to watch a brief segment on the award. To learn more about Victory Gardens click here


Victory Gardens highlighted by FHLB of Boston in Results

The Grand Opening of our newest project, Victory Gardens, was highlighted in the latest issue of Results magazine. The Women’s Institute is thankful for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s support on this as well as other projects. Click here to see Victory Gardens in “The Last Word.” To learn more and see additional photos from our Grand Opening of Victory Gardens click here


Choice Veterans Housing receives funding

The Women’s Institute is thankful for the continued support of the Patrick-Murray Administration in improving and growing affordable housing throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are especially excited to be the development consultant on the Choice Veterans Housing project which will develop 13 units of rental housing for veterans and create 23 jobs in the process. Congrats to the other great projects that also received funding! Read the official press release from the Department of Housing and Community Development. 


New Construction Pictures for Victory Gardens

Our latest project Victory Gardens is progressing quickly.  Take a look at the newest pictures to see the progress that has been made in the last few months.


Casa Esperanza and Victory Gardens highlighted in FHLB Magazine

Check out the latest edition of FHLB Results Magazine to see one former project and one current project highlighted.   The cover story highlights one of our partners, Casa Esperanza, who we most recently worked with as the development consultant on Nueva Esperanza which provides 14 units of affordable, supportive housing in Roxbury, MA.  Further into the magazine, “The Last Word” highlights one of our current projects in construction, Victory Gardens, which will create 74 units of supportive and affordable housing on the campus of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Newington, Connecticut.


New Funding for Three Affordable Housing Projects from CL&P

The Women’s Institute is excited to announce new funding for three Affordable Housing Projects from the Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P).  CL&P has contributed $299,215 under the State Housing Tax Credit Contribution (HTCC) Program administered by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.   The funding will support three different Women’s Institute’s projects throughout the state:  Indian Field Apartments in New Milford, Lakeview Apartments in the Lakeville section of Salisbury, and the HousingUs Workforce Housing Accessory Apartment Revolving Loan Fund in the Northwest corner of the state.  In addition, the Women’s Institute acted as the Development Consultant to the Human Services Council of Norwalk, securing $500,000 for its project, 40 South Main Street.


First Loan Awarded through Revolving Loan Fund

The Women’s Institute is excited to announce that the first loan through the Accessory Apartment Revolving Loan Fund has been awarded to Colby Shove of Cornwall to help renovate his cottage into an accessory apartment. The funding comes from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s HousingUs in which the Women’s Institute is a member organization. Kathryn Shafer, Project Manager for the Women’s Institute, explains the importance of providing these loans in this Lakeville Journal Article. 



The Women’s Institute celebrates the leadership of the Sudbury Housing Authority in bringing 11 new affordable apartments online in Sudbury.  Over twenty years in the making, we are proud to have served as the Housing Authority’s development consultant for this important project.  For more information about the grand opening, please read the article in the MetroWest Daily News.



The Women’s Institute is proud to honor Ms. Brethela Love as this year’s Nancy Nye Awardee. This award recognizes a woman who work in community and economic development embodies Nancy Nye’s tenacity in overcoming barriers, action-orientation, and commitment to social justice and women’s issues; a description that perfectly reflects Ms. Love’s character and history.

Ms. Love has drawn on her experience as a public housing resident in New York City and translated that into a career in public and affordable housing management, with a focus on volunteerism, community development and social justice. Click here to read more about Ms. Love as well as the Nancy Nye Award. 



“There’s a national crisis and initiative to address the growing needs of homeless Veterans and ensure there’s adequate housing provided for them”  – Mollye Wolahan, Deptuy Director, Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development speaks to the Hartford Courant about our commitment to Veterans’ Housing and our latest project Victory Gardens. Read the entire article here.



The Women’s Institute is excited to announce we recently acquired Lakeview Apartments in Salisbury, CT. Please read more about this important step to preserve affordable housing in this community in the Lakeview Apartments Press Release