A study now under way by the Cape Cod Commission seeks to put numbers to the existing supply and demand, and look 10 years down the road.
The study will provide detailed measurements of existing housing shortages and forecasted supply-and-demand gaps over the next 10 years and begin development of regional strategies to meet identified needs.
The Commission engaged Crane Associates, Inc., in collaboration with Economic and Policy Resources, Inc., to develop a Regional Housing Market analysis of Cape Cod and for each town on Cape Cod. Recognizing the region’s unique needs, sub regional opportunities and constraints of the Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape and Outer Cape are also part of the analysis.
The study’s objective is to show what housing products are obtainable to households at a range of income levels up to 160% of median income without overspending housing budgets (generally considered 30-40% of household income). The supply of these housing products, compared to the regional demand for them, will show any gaps that exist between housing availability and demand for households of different demographics.
A review panel has been created to involve stakeholders and interest groups from project inception through findings and to participate in an initial conversation about strategies to meet Regional Housing Needs. The panel has been assembled to represent key stakeholders in the development and implementation of strategies and to represent the interest of each region of Cape Cod.
The Review Panel will be engaged at four points in the study process as follows. First, the Review Panel will review the scope of work and offer any guidance on the detailed study approach. The second and third points will include a review of two draft reports on analysis, findings and strategies and to discuss the focus groups which will also be part of this process.
Professor, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and Director, Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston
The Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging serves the research and evaluation needs of organizations that interact with older adults in the community, and of municipalities as they plan for a growing number of older residents. Staff and doctoral students involved in the Center participate in Age-Friendly Community initiatives in Massachusetts and conduct needs assessments on behalf of Councils on Aging in communities throughout the Commonwealth. The Center works in partnership with numerous organizations to meet data needs and address practical questions of concern to aging communities. The Center also produces the National Elder Economic Security Standard Index, a cost-of-living measure for older adults in every county throughout the U.S.
Professor Mutchler joined the faculty at UMass Boston in 1999 after holding faculty appointments at the University of Buffalo and Pennsylvania State University. She has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports. In addition to her work conducted through the CSDRA, she is interested in socioeconomic, cultural, and family-based differences among racial and ethnic groups as they relate to outcomes central to well-being in later life, including health and health-related outcomes, health behaviors, and family relationships. Other areas of interest include aging with disabilities; grandparent caregiving; and productive aging. Professor Jan Mutchler is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (Behavioral and Social Sciences Section) and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy and Research on Aging.
Dr. Mutchler earned her PhD in Sociology, with a specialization in demography, at the University of Texas Austin.
Professor of Public Policy, Executive Director of the Public Policy Center, and Acting Chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The Public Policy Center is the University’s applied social science research, technical assistance, and public service unit based in the College of Arts and Sciences and affiliated with its Department of Public Policy. An interdisciplinary applied public policy research and technical assistance provider, the Center seeks to inform evidence-based policymaking at the state, regional, and local level through collaborative engagements with public, private, and non-profit partners.
Professor Goodman joined the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2009 after serving for eight years as the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute. Between 2009 and 2014 he served as the Chair of the Department of Public Policy and the Graduate Program Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program.
A leading analyst of the Massachusetts economy, he has authored or co-authored over fifty professional publications on a wide range of public policy issues including regional economic development and housing policy as well as demographic and other applied social science research topics. He has supported this research by generating over $5 million in external grant and contract funding from a diverse array of public and private sources.
An economic sociologist, Professor Goodman is a three-time past president of the New England Economic Partnership, a nonprofit organization made up of leading regional analysts that produces semi-annual economic forecasts of the economic outlook for each of the six New England states. He currently serves as Co-Editor of MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Dr. Goodman earned his MA and Ph.D. at Boston University.
REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder
Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, Inc.
With diverse experience in both the construction and engineering industries, Matt has found his niche in the residential custom building and development field. In 2011, Matt became President of REEF, offering a seamless transition of leadership in continuing REEF’s culture of providing exceptional quality and service.
Matt is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY with a degree in Civil Engineering. He served as an Officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers and was a project manager with institutional clients such as Forest City Development, Cereon Genomics, and Brandeis University.
Outside of work, Matt has remained dedicated to the community, serving as a member and Chairman of the Barnstable Planning Board.
Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
Robert “Bert” A. Talerman is First Executive Vice President and Executive Lending Officer at the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, a Massachusetts chartered mutual savings bank founded in 1855. He is a member of the Bank’s senior management team, and oversees all lending activities. Bert has over 25 years of banking industry experience, starting as an asset based lending field examiner in Boston before moving to Cape Cod as a commercial lender in 1994.
Bert has dedicated much of his time on Cape to serving the community. He is the vice chairman of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust. He is the immediate past chairman of the board at Coastal Community Capital, a community development corporation, and serves on the board and executive committee of the Kelley Foundation, a private charitable foundation. He is also a board and executive committee member at The Barnstable, a mutual insurance company founded in 1833.
He serves on the board of directors of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and board of trustees of Cape Cod Healthcare. Bert is a past board chair of the Cape and Islands United Way and past board member of the Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School and the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. No less important is his past participation in coaching youth sports. He is a graduate of Amherst College and lives in Centerville with his wife, Beth. They have two daughters.
Cape Cod Young Professionals
Anne Van Vleck joined CCYP in 2010 as the organizations first Executive Director. In this role, Anne leads a dynamic organization of over 1,000 members who are committed to retaining and recruiting a diverse workforce for our region, building healthy and vibrant communities and increasing civic engagement for the betterment of the future of Cape Cod.
Prior to her leadership of CCYP, Anne served in marketing and communications roles and most recently as the Event Director for the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance. She currently serves on the boards of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, The Needy Fund, and the Nauset Endowment Foundation. Anne also serves on the Youth Council with the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board.
She is a graduate of Loomis Chaffee and Dickinson College and lives in Chatham with her husband and three sons.
Barnstable County Human Services
Elizabeth Albert, M.S. W. is the Director of Human Services for Barnstable County. She recently completed Suffolk University’s Government Leadership Certificate Program. Ms. Albert provides leadership on regional initiatives including the Barnstable County Health and Human Service Advisory Council, the Regional Network to Address Homelessness, and the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council.
She oversees several regional initiatives including the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund and two multi-year substance abuse grants. Her department administers federal and state funded regional programs including HOME, McKinney -Vento Continuum of Care, and the Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE) program.
Prior to coming to Cape Cod, Ms. Albert resided in Philadelphia for 20 years where she was the executive director of a civil rights organization, the Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In this capacity Beth worked on hundreds of fair housing cases, specializing in obtaining reasonable accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities. She has extensive experience in organizing, advocacy, program development, and is a successful grant writer.
Business Lawyer, Realtor, Board of Selectmen Falmouth, Cape Selectmen & Councilors Association, Cape Cod Economic Development Council, Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates
Susan is a Falmouth Selectman, Falmouth member of the Assembly of Delegates, Falmouth member of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative, President of the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors’ Association, a liaison for Veteran’s Council and Climate-Energy Committee, a member of Falmouth’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, a past President of West Falmouth Village Association. A passionate trainer of Belgian Malinois service dogs; Susan volunteers for the therapy dog program of Veterans’ Heroes in Transition.
Town of Provincetown
Michelle Jarusiewicz has worked for the Town of Provincetown for 32 years in a variety of positions, largely in grant administration and as the Assistant Town Manager. Since 2008, she has worked as the Community Housing Specialist & Grant Administrator. She administers a wide-range of community housing activities including staff liaison with Community Housing Council, working with developers on new construction and proposed developments, processing resale and refinance requests, implementing new programs including a local voucher program and the recently approved Year-Round Market Rate Rental Trust [unique to Massachusetts].
She is the primary author of the Town’s 2016 Provincetown Housing Playbook which summarizes the variety of programs and activities that the Town has undertaken to promote affordable and community housing. She also coordinated the Housing Needs Assessment & Action Plan  along with Community Housing Summit . She also provides staff support for the Community Preservation Committee including the annual Request for Proposals process, developing and processing of grant agreements, historic preservation restrictions, and affordable housing deed restrictions.
Ms. Jarusiewicz received Mass. Housing Partnership’s Housing Hero award in 2015. In addition, she is a graduate of Smith College, the vice-chair of the Truro School Committee, and the mother of four.
Community Design/ Affordable Housing Specialist