Education & Outreach

Educating stakeholders is fundamental to the mission of Harborlight Homes.

The technical aspects involved in housing financing, construction, management, and the effect of public policies on affordability, segregation, and communities can feel overwhelming to local policymakers and community members alike. Harborlight can help demystify these issues by educating stakeholders, whether they are new to housing or looking for more technical guidance. Harborlight is happy to be a resource for anyone concerned about access to more affordable housing on the north shore.  

Harborlight’s Community Forums provide members of the community with the opportunity to learn more about housing affordability and it impact on families, economic inequality, and racial segregation. These forums are often tailored to topics of importance as they arise in individual communities across the north shore. 

Harborlight’s Housing Institute provides local policymakers on the North Shore with the opportunity to learn more about the logistical and technical aspects of housing policy and its impact on the community.  

Harborlight’s Housing Stewards Program provides housing advocates across the North Shore with education, resources, and information on ways to positively impact their communities. 

First Time Homebuyer Courses, in partnership with the North Shore REALTORS® (NSAR), Harborlight offers a MassHousing approved, First Time Homebuyer Course with a strong curriculum developed by NSR to provide participants a thorough understanding of the home purchasing process.

Community Housing Profiles [each is a link to a town page with individualized information] 

Beverly  Boxford Danvers Essex 
Gloucester Hamilton Ipswich Lynn 
Lynnfield Manchester Marblehead Middleton 
Nahant Peabody Rockport Salem 
Saugus Swampscott Topsfield Wenham 



Segregated by
Design Video:

How the U.S. Made Affordable Homes Illegal Video:

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs Video:


Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing

Josh Ryan-Collins, Toby Lloyd, Laurie Macfarlane, John Muellbauer

The Affordable Housing Reader

Elizabeth J. Mueller, J. Rosie Tighe, J Rosie Tighe