Marblehead Group’s Nearly 20 Years of Affordable-Housing Efforts Honored, The Marblehead Reporter, December 3, 2010

Gordon King of the Marblehead Community Housing Corporation accepts a 2010 Community Partnership award presented by Harborlight Community Partners Board President Carol Suleski.

Marblehead ” Harborlight Community Partners, a growing nonprofit affordable-housing operator and developer on the North Shore, recently honored the Marblehead Community Housing Corporation for its nearly 20th years of effort creating affordable housing opportunities for families.

Thank you for nearly two decades of investment making affordable housing available in Marblehead,  was inscribed on the 2010 Community Partnership award accepted by Gordon King and presented by Harborlight Community Partners Board President Carol Suleski. Other members of the Marblehead Community Housing Corporation in attendance included Dirk Isbrandtsen, president; Kurt James, Paul Crosby, Bonnie Howard, Andrew Christensen, Ann Cohen, Don Davies, Sarah Drewry, Mimi Hollister and Joan McIntyre.

The event, A Celebration of Community Partnerships, was held at the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 20 to honor a variety of local municipalities and organizations for their support of recent affordable-housing projects.

The town of Hamilton was honored for its support of Firehouse Place, the first Community-Preservation-Fund-supported affordable project. Town Manager Michael Lombardo accepted the award, and Hamilton’s Board of Selectmen, Community Preservation Committee and Housing Partnership were also recognized.

The city of Beverly was honored for its investments in the rehabilitation of the We Care About Homes working-family housing in Beverly. Mayor Bill Scanlon accepted the award on behalf of the city, the Planning and Community Development departments and the City Council.

The town of Rockport was honored for its work in preserving affordable elder housing at Pigeon Cove Ledges. Town Manager Linda Sanders accepted the award, and Rockport’s Board of Selectmen, Community Preservation Committee and Housing Partnership were also recognized.

SeniorCare and its Executive Director Kay Bierwiler were honored for their steadfast support of fixed-income elders at Turtle Creek and Turtle Woods. Bierwiler accepted the award along with many members of the SeniorCare Board.

About Harborlight Community Partners Inc.

Harborlight Community Partners provides a wide range of housing with services primarily for low- and moderate-income people living in southern Essex County. HCP provides single, family and elder housing and assisted living in a variety of communities.

By anticipating the housing needs of the region’s increasing underserved population and creating, preserving and operating safe, affordable housing units and supportive services, Harborlight Community Partners Inc. strives to make homes available to all North Shore citizens, regardless of means. For more information, visit harborlightcp.org.

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