The following was submitted by Bethany Blake of Harborlight Community Partners:
With affordable first time buyer properties a challenge to come by, the effort is on to save 23 Chase Street in Beverly.
This single family home is a designated first-time buyer affordable property which was established in 2005 by the Beverly Affordable Housing Coalition. The property, which had been purchased by a first time buyer, was abandoned over a year ago, and was greatly in need of rehabilitation. In an effort to preserve the affordability status of this property, Harborlight Community Partners has joined with Don Preston of North Shore Habitat for Humanity, Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon, and Mike Wheeler of the Beverly Cooperative Bank and the North Shore Home Consortium to revitalize the home.
"The house is coming along really well," Preston said. "Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to the availability of affordable housing, just as Harborlight and the City of Beverly are, so that has made us great project partners."
The title has been temporarily transferred to Harborlight Community Partners (HCP) until the renovations are complete; Habitat for Humanity is undertaking the renovation portion of the project.
Wheeler, the president of Beverly Cooperative Bank, is pleased with the collaboration.
"This project is a true collaborative effort to preserve an affordable housing opportunity in Beverly," said Wheeler. "Beverly Cooperative Bank is a part of this project because we understand the value such projects bring the community"
Mayor Scanlon couldn't agree more.
"The City of Beverly has been and continues to be committed to ensuring there are housing opportunities for all our citizens," he said. "I'm very pleased that so many committed organizations have come to the table to make this happen."
This three bedroom home has a covered porch, fireplace, and holds many possibilities for a family in need of an affordable home-buying opportunity. Potential buyers must be income eligible and participate in a lottery conducted by HCP.
HCP invites the community to go to its Facebook page to watch as the property is transformed from being abandoned and neglected, to an affordable, wonderful family home. Pictures and updates will be made available regularly.
"This project aligns well with the missions of both Harborlight and Habitat, and we knew we needed to save this property," said Andrew DeFranza, executive director of HCP. "Everyone involved, from Mayor Scanlon to Mike Wheeler of Beverly Cooperative Bank have been on board. The real reward for this hard work will be when a family is able to move in to 23 Chase and call it home."
HCP also invites the North Shore community to view any of HCP's properties or visit www.harborlightcp.org to learn more about the work of HCP and its history.