Categories for Housing Matters

Caring for others in the most mundane ways through hard work, compassion, kindness.

My name is Mike McFadden and I am the Turtle Creek maintenance man.  I have been working for Harborlight Community Partners (HCP) for over 8 years.  Here is my point of view on the work we do at HCP. Andrew DeFranza, our executive director, asked me to give a few thoughts on my experience at HCP with regard to our company...


In this season I have you…my North Shore neighbors…on my mind

It’s a lovely day outside. A day that is desperately trying to move from Winter to Spring.  It is a move that requires a level of hope, tenacity, and priorities as my daffodils are showing me struggling through the snow. In this season I have you…my North Shore neighbors…on my mind. If you are struggling in this season either with...


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 of Gloucester, Massachusetts. I needed one more year to complete grad school. Scott had just begun teaching at Landmark Middle...


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, lined by a mix of single-family and two-family homes with yards. I fondly remember it as a small town known...