Ending Homelessness in Salem
Groom Construction has always had a passion for improving the community through construction and civic engagement. Most recently, two nonprofit agencies have teamed up with Groom to create two separate supportive housing communities comprising 58 new affordable housing units for formerly homeless individuals and those aging out of the foster care system.
The Boston Street Crossing Project, in partnership with Harborlight Community Partners, included the renovation and rehab of two buildings located at 43 and 179 Boston Street in Salem. The newly renovated buildings created a total of 26 new studio apartments equipped with private bathrooms and kitchenettes with laundry and common spaces onsite.
Harborlight Community Partners also contracted with Lifebridge to provide case management and supportive services to the residents. Tenants will also be offered programming opportunities such as classes, meals, and health care clinics.
The North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) called upon Groom to partner with them on the renovation of Harbor and Lafayette Homes. This project entailed the renovation of two rundown apartment complexes located at 15-17 Harbor Street and 104 Lafayette Street. This close-knit apartment community features 32 units.
Renovations included new heating and hot water systems, new doors and windows, upgraded kitchenettes and bathrooms, energy efficient lighting, a common laundry room and a community room which doubles as both a classroom and supportive service space. These new units will be home to men 18-24 who are either homeless or aging out of foster care who will also be offered supportive services to keep them out of homelessness.
The Boston Street Crossing and Harbor and Lafayette Homes, together, creating a total of 58 new homes, directly address the need for supportive housing. The development of these new communities is a huge step towards the fight to end homelessness. Groom Construction is proud to partner with the teams of both Harborlight Community Partners and the North Shore CDC in these efforts that have and will continue to so positively impact both the residents and larger Salem community for decades to come.