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Harborlight Community Partners honors Beverly's Neiland Douglas

Posted by boston.com  October 23, 2013 10:00 AM

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HCP Executive Director Andrew DeFranza and Neiland Douglas, Honoree.JPG

HCP Executive Director Andrew DeFranza and Neiland Douglas, Honoree


The following was submitted by the Harborlight Community Partners:

“Harborlight Community Partners is pleased to announce that we will honor volunteer Neiland Douglas at this year’s Celebration of Community Partnerships: Building Compassionate Communities Brick by Brick  event in November,”announced Carol Suleski, Harborlight Community Partners’ Board President.  “Neiland is exemplary in his dedication and compassion to those most in need in our community.”

The event, to be held at Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel on November 8th, will convene many of area’s business and civic leaders.  Douglas, born and raised in Beverly, served in many key cityplanning positions in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and New York City prior to returning to the area in 1973. It was at that time that Douglas assumed ownership and management of Morgan and Douglas Real Estate and Planning and Research.   

Douglas has been a tireless volunteer and civic activist for many causes, none more deeply than the goal of making housing accessible to all.He became involved in housing-related endeavors on the North Shore several years ago, most notably those sponsored by First Baptist Church in Beverly. Drawing on his professional experience, he began a four-decade long volunteer commitment to provide more affordable housing in Beverly and beyond. 

Douglas was deeply involved in the development of First Baptist’s Turtle Creek, Turtle Woods, and the Harborlight House renovation. He also spearheaded the development of Beverly House, one of Northeast ARC’s first community houses for the mentally handicapped, enlisting fellow Rotarians to champion the project.  As an advocate for the Beverly YMCA, he became involved in the Cabot Street renovation program and the expansion of the Sterling Center.  In addition, with the City of Beverly’s Ad Hoc Committee, he worked on the redevelopment of the former Briscoe School (Oceanview) and Edwards School (condominiums).

In 2008, Douglas supported the merger of several smaller non-profit housing groups into one housing organization, Harborlight Community Partners, Inc. (HCP).  Since that time, HCP has been able to leverage the resources of seven smaller organizations to provide more comprehensive housing and services to seniors and families in seven North Shore communities. 

“We have been privileged to have Neiland at the forefront of this housing effort,” says Andrew DeFranza, HCP Executive Director.  “His determination, as well as his generosity of expertise and resources, has been invaluable.” 

Beverly-based Harborlight Community Partners (HCP) provides a wide range of housing with services primarily for low and moderate income people living on the North Shore. As the Region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit provider of affordable housing, HCP currently owns, manages, or supports 344 housing units providing home for over 450 people. HCP provides affordable housing for working families, elders, and those with disabilities. By preserving and operating safe, affordable housing units and supportive services, Harborlight Community Partners strives to make homes available to all North Shore citizens, regardless of means.  For more information or to attend the event, visit www.harborlightcp.org.

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