EASTHAM — The Cape and Islands United Way has given $15,000 to the nonprofit Community Development Partnership for a three-part affordable housing initiative meant to build leadership and advocacy skills and public awareness in the eight easternmost towns of Cape Cod.

The partnership will use the grant money to increase the skills of residents, business and community leaders, municipal workers and elected and appointed officials, all to support the creation of more affordable housing, according to the nonprofit organization's spokeswoman, Britt Beedenbender.

The partnership, which is based in Eastham, partnered last year with Housing Assistance Corp. in Hyannis to provide the three-part affordable housing initiative across all Cape towns. For the eight easternmost towns, 70 municipal staff members and employees have been trained in housing production and 58 community members have been trained in how to advocate for their housing needs. The training has led to several town meeting initiatives this year that received voter support, Beedenbender said.

More information is available from Andrea Aldana, the partnership's director of housing advocacy, at 508-240-7873, ext. 10, or at andrea@capecdp.org.

Editor's note: The original version of this story contained incorrect information about Community Development Partnership officer Britt Beedenbender. The story has been corrected.