Hampden Bank honored by MassHousing

Date: 4/24/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Hampden Bank recently received an award for Best Overall Performance by a bank from the MassHousing agency.

This recognition, reserved for those Massachusetts banks dedicated to providing loans to low-income borrowers, was recently presented at the annual MassHousing awards ceremony in Boston. Hampden Bank also received recognition in several other categories, including top producer, most loans made to low-income borrowers, second most loans in Hampden County and second most loans to minority borrowers statewide.

Lisa Mish one of Hampden Bank’s mortgage loan originators, was also recognized as the “Top Loan Originator Statewide.” Mish has been a mortgage loan originator with the bank since 2007. She is currently a board member of the Western Massachusetts Homebuilder’s Association; she sits on several Realtor Association committees and was the past-president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts.

“We are especially proud of this recognition in that it confirms what we have always believed – that our dedicated employees care about people and the communities in which they serve,” Glenn S. Welch, president and CEO of Hampden Bank, said. “We are also extremely proud of Lisa Mish. She is truly deserving of this recognition.”

MassHousing was created by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1966 as an independent public authority charged with increasing affordable rental and for-sale housing in Massachusetts. Since making its first loan in 1970, the Agency has provided more than $16 billion in financing for the construction and preservation of affordable rental housing, and for affordable loan products for homebuyers and homeowners. MassHousing is a self-sustaining agency and does not use taxpayer dollars in its programs.