NeighborWorks® Housing Solutions, the leading housing service provider in southern Massachusetts, announced that Beverly Somerville, vice president and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer of Dedham Savings, has been elected as the new chair of the board of directors. The election took place at the June board meeting and the appointment was made official as of July 1, 2022.
In this capacity, Somerville will lead the organization as NHS continues a path of significant growth with sound, ethical, dedicated governance and solid financial management policies. The NeighborWorks Housing Solutions Board is made up of individuals who live or work within southern Massachusetts communities and have both a passion for the NHS mission and the experience needed to effectively guide its work.
“I am delighted to be part of this incredible organization,” said Beverly Somerville, NHS board chair. “Over the past few years, I have witnessed the transformative impact that NHS has on the people they serve. They not only invest in communities, but they also invest in their staff. They have an incredible group of talented people working together to advance the mission. I am honored to be taking on this role and helping to shape the future of NHS.”
Somerville has been a member of the NHS board since 2013, when a colleague from Dedham Savings stepped down, and a seat became available. Since joining the board, the agency has experienced tremendous growth, which in part, was due to the contributions and leadership demonstrated by the board including Somerville.
“It is a pleasure to announce Beverly as chair of our board of directors,” said Robert Corley, CEO of NeighborWorks Housing Solutions. “We have come to rely not only on her knowledge of the banking industry and compliance regulations, but also on her strong advocacy and passion to advance our mission. Beverly’s dedication to the people and families we serve is undeniable; we look forward to her leadership.”
NHS has more than 70 years of combined experience in the community development field and provides services to more than 20,000 households in over 75 cities and towns across the region. In addition to building and managing nearly 900 units of housing for veterans, homeless families and others in need, the agency offers a wide range of housing services, including foreclosure prevention counseling, home rehabilitation loans and grants, financial coaching and first-time homebuyer workshops.