November 13, 2012



MBHP Honors Lowell Richards at Founders Celebration Event

BOSTON- The Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) will be posthumously honoring the life
and work of Lowell Richards, longtime Co-Chairman of its Board of Directors and stalwart affordable
housing advocate at its Fifth Annual Founders Celebration on Wednesday night (11/14).

The keynote speaker for the event will be Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for the Massachusetts
Department of Housing and Community Development. Proceeds from the event will help fund MBHP’s
many programs and services which assist those most at risk of homelessness.

Co-Chairs for the Founders Celebration included James Rooney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts
Convention Center Authority and Helene Solomon, CEO of Solomon McCown & Company. The event is
being hosted by State Street Corporation and is being held at State Street Financial Center at One Lincoln
Street. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Lowell Richards’ dedication and loyalty to Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership goes back nearly three
decades to 1983 when he became a founding board member of the Boston Housing Partnership (an early
incarnation of MBHP). He served as Co-Chairman with Steven Rioff beginning in 2000.

During his tenure, Richards was among a unique group who guided a merger between Boston Housing
Partnership and Metropolitan Housing Inc. The merger institutionalized the vision they shared with founder
Bill Edgerly (retired chairman & CEO, State Street Bank) of true partnership between the private, public and
non-profit sectors.

If you would like to cover this event, or use any photos taken, please contact MBHP Communications
Manager Christopher Blagg at (617) 425-6691 or


MBHP is the state’s largest regional provider of rental housing voucher assistance. We serve homeless,
elderly, disabled, and low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Our region spans Boston and 29
surrounding communities.

Our mission is to ensure that the region’s low- and moderate-income individuals and families have choice
and mobility in finding and retaining decent affordable housing; all of our programs and initiatives are
designed to encourage housing stability, increase economic self-sufficiency, and enhance quality of the lives
of those we serve. To achieve our mission and to promote efficient service delivery, we work collaboratively
with a broad array of service providers and neighborhood-based organizations.

We believe that everyone deserves a place to call home.

For more information, contact MBHP Communications Manager Christopher Blagg at (617) 425-6691, or