HCP policy positions, analysis, stories, thoughts and inspirations from us and influencers in the housing community and region.



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…

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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, lined by a mix of single-family and two-family homes with yards. I fondly remember it…

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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 Food Pantry in Hamilton is here to help those who suffer from food insecurity here…

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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 experiences of our respective teaching careers when a small group of our 6th grade students…

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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  2016  Anne Gelbspan Partners in Community Award. On behalf of HCP thank you for having…

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