Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion News
May 18, 2020

Now more than ever, MassHousing’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) team recognizes the importance of supporting diverse business owners (minority, women, veteran, LGBT and others) in identifying new business opportunities. The D&I team has been working to quickly increase support to more than 2,500 Diverse Business Owners in a variety of ways. 

New Business Opportunities

A new listing of business opportunities at MassHousing rental developments has been posted to masshousing.com. There are potential opportunities for Diverse Business Owners across 54 trades/professions provided by property management companies. We update the list during the first week of every month. 

Small Business Resources

Small business resources posted on masshousing.com provide connections to: 

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) grants and loans
  • BECMA (Black Economic Council of Massachusetts)
  • Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)
  • Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GNEMSDC)
  • Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE
  • Amplify LatinX 
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights 
  • The Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) 

Several corporate partners provide technical assistance webinars that help small business owners access available resources across the Commonwealth. The assistance can be legal, completing applications, answering processing questions, and education on the numerous SBA products and programs. 

Management Company Highlights

Four management companies had high achievements during the first two quarters of our 2020 fiscal year: Peabody, Gatehouse, Winn, and Keith Properties, covering six developments. Three of the six developments were Peabody's, and one of those three achieved 81% of expenditures with MBEs and 77% with WBEs.