Citizens Inn launched Home for a Home Program with investment from the Boulderwood development in South Peabody thanks to the philanthropic support from Solimine Development Corporation. For every new home sold in the development, Citizens Inn receives a $1,000.
Last month marked a significant milestone as the amount donated hit the $50,000 mark. Eventually the site is expected to include 113 houses, meaning at the culmination of the project Citizens Inn will have received a grand total of $113,000.
“It’s an overwhelming, charitable gesture by the Solimine Family,” said Corey Jackson, Executive Director of Citizens Inn. “They came to us and expressed an interest in giving back to families in need of housing as they move along with the development.”
The 60-acre development is now in its fifth year of construction, after breaking ground on the project in 2012. The homes, which feature colonial, split-entry and ranch style floorplans, are currently selling in the high 500’s. At the closing, the buyers are told that $1,000 is being donated to Citizens Inn in their name.
These $1,000 contributions, which in some cases have occurred three times in one month, make an immediate impact in the lives of the residents Citizens Inn serves. Due to the investments, Citizens Inn has been able to increase capacity to serve more families from the North Shore helping the state drive down the number of families living in motels. This year Citizens Inn made enormous strides to house larger families, the most difficult to house in the state due to size. The organization added four units that can accommodate up to a family of eight.
“The only way we can make a real dent in family homelessness is if we all work together to help those most vulnerable,” said Jackson. “With partnerships like this, we can do so much more to help families leave homelessness behind”