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MHP staffer recognized

Posted on May 1, 2019

BOSTON --- A member of MHP's multifamily affordable housing lending team received a scholarship last week in recognition of her interest in pursuing a career in affordable housing.

Shawna O’Neil, a lending assistant at MHP, received a $5,000 scholarship from Commercial Real Estate Women of Boston (CREW Boston) at a luncheon held on Thursday, May 16 at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

The award will support O’Neil’s pursuit of a master’s degree in public policy from Northeastern University, where she is entering her final semester.

O’Neil was presented her award by Christine Flaherty, a CREW member and a vice president of commercial real estate at Berkshire Bank. Flaherty said O’Neil was being recognized for “her drive, spirit and passion for affordable housing.”

 A native of North Providence, Rhode Island, she holds bachelor’s degrees in history and political science/government from the University of New Hampshire, where she achieved grade point averages of 3.77 and 3.72 respectively.

O’Neil joined MHP in 2018 and supports MHP’s multifamily lending team in a variety of ways, including marketing, underwriting, funder relationships and the loan funding process.

About MHP: MHP works with communities to create innovative policy and financing solutions that provide affordable homes for the people of Massachusetts. Since 1990, it has used its capital sources to provide $1.4 billion in long-term loans for the financing of 26,000 apartments and it has partnered with lenders to provide $3.7 billion in mortgage financing to help 21,000 families purchase their first home through its ONE Mortgage Program. In addition, MHP has provided technical assistance to over 300 communities while its Center for Housing Data has been a strong and credible voice at the State House and across the Commonwealth on the compelling need for new housing at all price levels.