Categories for Housing Matters

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 Food Pantry in Hamilton is here to help those who suffer from food insecurity here on the North Shore.  ...


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 experiences of our respective teaching careers when a small group of our 6th grade students participated in an authentic 3D...


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  2016  Anne Gelbspan Partners in Community Award. On behalf of HCP thank you for having us here.   It is...


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 life.     Zoning strategies used toward this end in our North Shore communities include increasing the minimum lot sizes...