of safe, affordable housing is a major issue for
many people across the country, including many
living in the Gloucester area.
For years, ACTION INC. has worked to address housing
issues here on Cape Ann by providing housing related
advocacy services and by owning and operating
affordable housing units for economically
In recent years,
more and more families have been displaced from
their homes after parents lose their jobs,
experience foreclosure, or face other financial and
personal crises. Through the
Home Together initiative,
ACTION is now working to provide
safe, affordable, and permanent housing to families
who are trying to get by on extremely limited
In October 2010 ACTION
purchased land at 26-28 Marsh Street in Gloucester
and began applying for grants to fund four
brand new, family-friendly rental units.
The support for
from both public and private funding sources has
been impressive, and construction
completed in Spring 2013 (scroll
down for photos showing how the project progressed).
The units were designed by Gloucester architect Robert Mitnik and take advantage of
green building technology. The Home
Together project also includes
scattered-site vouchers, allowing us to connect an
additional five families with affordable housing
placements throughout Gloucester.
will have access to a wide range of wrap-around support services
provided through ACTION, taking a holistic and
to addressing each family's unique needs and
barriers to success. These services will be
offered in-kind through ACTIONís
Client and Housing
Job Training and
COMPASS Youth Programs.
longstanding partnerships with a wide range of local
community service agencies will ensure
complete accessibility of
services to address
each familyís needs.
Architect: Robert I.
Curtis Construction Co., Quincy
Rothschild & Associates, Holliston
City of Gloucester Affordable Housing Trust
First National Bank of Ipswich
Franklin Square House Foundation
■ Massachusetts Department of
Housing and Community Development
■ North Shore
■ United States
Department of Housing and Urban Development