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Affordable housing allows good people to stay on the North Shore

By Denise Frame Harlan My husband Scott and I were living a charmed life, the spring I turned 34. We lived in the servants’ quarters of The Sargent House, a peeling gray museum in the heart of the historic district … Continue reading

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In a lop-sided world, we have a lot to share.

By Sarah Bartley My eyes were glued to the paper. The Globe didn’t interview me,  I thought, but oh man, they sure explained my life.  I grew up in a two-bedroom, second-floor apartment that anchored a quiet street, … Continue reading

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Facing Food Insecurity: Nourishing our Neighbors

By Stacey Verge, Executive Director, Acord Food Pantry Did you realize that 1 in 8 people in Massachusetts suffer from food insecurity? Most people don’t realize just how prevalent food insecurity is within their own towns and neighborhoods.   Acord … Continue reading

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Sowing the Seeds of Empathy With Technology?

By Rich Lehrer A unique 3D printing partnership leads to deep learning and new friendships – for a group of 6th grade students In May, 2016, fellow Brookwood School teacher, Annie Johnson, and I had one of the most transformative … Continue reading

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For all of YOU a word of encouragement – Andrew’s WIHED Award remarks, 9/20/2016

by Andrew DeFranza Harborlight Community Partners’, Andrew DeFranza, was among those honored at the  Women’s  Institute for  Housing and Economic Development (WIHED),  35th Anniversary Annual Meeting on September 20th. The following are  Andrew’s acceptance remarks as the recipient of WIHED’s … Continue reading

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One Pathway to Housing: Let’s Consider Zoning

By  Robert  Gillis Local town and city zoning ordinances reflect a community’s desire to maintain its character and stability. This makes sense.   None of us wants dramatic changes to our neighborhoods which could adversely affect our collective quality of … Continue reading

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Look in the mirror

By Jason Silva To me, it’s actually pretty simple. People deserve a safe place to live and call home. Let’s do this. When you hear the words affordable housing what comes to mind? Think about it for a second. What … Continue reading

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Excerpt of Andrew’s UU Church of Essex sermon, given 4/17/16

This Housing Matters Blog post is excerpted from a sermon I was invited to deliver at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex, MA on April 17, 2016. I did my undergrad in Biblical Studies and I went to seminary, though … Continue reading

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I’m just one of the success stories of Harborlight’s ongoing run of good housing and good communities.

Alberto “Berto” Oyola  is a young man who moved into an HCP property with his family when he was just 13.   Coming from an urban neighborhood, the family welcomed this new beginning which brought with it a safe neighborhood, … Continue reading

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Defying the Odds Because of Housing

By Stacy Randell The home page of Harborlight Community Partner’s website begins with the heading Providing Homes and Community Support.  Imagine a world for a second where everyone has those two essential ingredients for success. The first sentence of … Continue reading

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