Harborlight to Celebrate its Partnerships in Building Affordable Housing, The Salem News, October 26, 2011

Nov. 4 event is fundraiser for local nonprofit

Harborlight Community Partners, a nonprofit that develops and manages affordable housing on the North Shore, will honor some of its most dedicated supporters and partners at its annual fundraiser next Friday at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem.

This year’s honorees are:

Paul Lanzikos, outgoing president of Harborlight’s board and executive director of North Shore Elder Services, for his many years of service not only to the cause of affordable housing, but to elders on the North Shore.

YMCA of the North Shore, for its efforts to create housing opportunities for those in need. Jack Meany, CEO of the YMCA, will accept the award.

The city of Gloucester, for its ongoing efforts to provide affordable family rental housing, assisted living and first-time homebuyer access for elders, working families and those with disabilities. Mayor Carolyn Kirk will accept the award.

“The North Shore is a community of good people working together to make our region a great place to make a home,” said Andrew DeFranza, executive director of Harborlight.

“Together, we are working hard so that fixed-income elders, those with disabilities and working families are able to make a home here, too.”

Harborlight is currently redeveloping a building in Hamilton, known as Firehouse Place, to create four affordable apartments and an updated space for the Acord Food Pantry. It also manages a variety of housing properties for the elderly in Beverly and Ipswich, affordable assisted living in Beverly, and scattered-site family housing.

The event is open to the public, and tickets are $75. For tickets or more information, call 978-922-1305 or email dfay@harborlightcp.org.