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NSC Member Communities

Malden is the lead or “representative” community of an eight-community jurisdiction known as the North Suburban Consortium (NSC).  The NSC is comprised of the contiguous communities of Malden, Medford, Arlington, Melrose, Chelsea, Everett, Revere and Winthrop that have signed a cooperative agreement to gain access to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) HOME Program funds – the annual Federal block grant that funds the NSC HOME Program and which is dedicated to the rehabilitation, creation and preservation of affordable housing.

Since 1991, the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) has carried out lead community responsibilities.  The MRA administers affordable housing programs for the NSC and actively seeks affordable housing opportunities in NSC member communities that can be partnered with NSC HOME funds. The other agencies responsible for administering the NSC's programs include the Housing and Community Development Departments of member communities and other city departments, as applicable. Local Community Action Program (CAP) agencies and various non-profit organizations involved in affordable housing development, services for the homeless, elderly, disabled, substance abuse victims and victims of domestic violence also play an important role in assisting NSC member communities in creating and maintaining affordable housing.

MRA NSC Contact

James Barnes, HOME Director
Malden Redevelopment Authority
17 Pleasant Street, Third Floor, Malden, MA  02148
781-324-5720 x 5729

NSC Community Representatives


Malden Redevelopment Authority
17 Pleasant Street, Third Floor, Malden, MA  02148
781-324-5720 x


Ashley Williams, CDBG Administrator
Office of Planning & Community Development
City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Room 308, Medford, MA 02155

Erin Zwirko, Assistant Director
Planning and Community Development
Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave. Annex, Arlington, MA 02476

Denise Gaffey, Director and City Planner
Office of Planning & Community Development
City Hall, 562 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176

Bethany Rosa, Housing Planner
Department of Planning & Development
City Hall, 500 Broadway, Room 101, Chelsea, MA 02150

Al Borgonzi, Housing Program Coordinator
Office of Community Development
City Hall, 484 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149

John Festa
Planning & Community Development
City Hall, 281 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151

Tanji Cifuni, Community Development/Project Manager
Town Hall, One Metcalf Square, Room 2A, Winthrop, MA 02152
617-892-2624 (c)