Humphries Completes Community Development Mentoring Program

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Noelle Humphries, associate real estate development director forNeighborWorks® Housing Solutions recently completed the 2020-2021 Community Development Mentoring Program, which was co-sponsored by the Mel King Institute for Community Building, the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.

Humphries finished the nine-month program as a mentor focused on real estate development earlier this spring.

The Mentoring Program is designed to promote and support a culture of learning and mentoring within the community development field. The program enhances the preparation of mid- to senior-level professionals of color who demonstrate leadership potential, for advancement and growth into positions of leadership and authority, by facilitating effective and meaningful relationships between and amongst community development professionals.

The 2020-2021 Mentoring Program cycle focused on those who have or are pursuing a career in housing, with the goal of supporting the pipeline of project managers, real estate directors, asset managers, property managers and others joining the community development field to build networks of professionals and to support professionals of color in housing careers.  In all, 13 pairs of mentors and mentees completed the program in March.

Humphries has more than 20 years of experience in housing development, specifically with multi-family housing development.  Her primary focus has been the preservation and production of affordable housing utilizing tax credit equity and soft financing. At NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, Humphries is involved in all aspects of the development process, including acquisition, financing, closing, design, construction management, and initial property operations.

Humphries has been with NHS for nearly two years, and during this time has played a key role in the development of multiple affordable housing developments, including five state-of-the-art units of housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Quincy, 48 units of modern-style housing in downtown Brockton (which will also feature first-floor restaurant or retail space; (ribbon-cutting scheduled for June 24), and eight units of housing for formerly homeless veterans in Marshfield which will be opening in November 2021.