ACT home gets solar power
Students from Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS) installed solar panels in October 2014 on ACT’s sixth home on Andover Street, through Solarize Andover, a program to bring more solar installations to the town. Over the summer the school trained 24 students with help from a $145,000 State “Learn and Earn” grant, awarded to train students in the craft of solar energy installation.
John Pearson, architect and ACT president, designed the house with a south-facing roof, which is ideal for solar panel installations. Six organizations worked collaboratively to make this project happen, including GLTS, ACT, the Mass. Clean Energy Commission, Astrum Solar, Solarize Andover, and the Town of Andover. On Oct. 6, 2014, homeowners Ozzy and Vonne Morales joined state, local and school officials to celebrate the solar installation.
ACT names new Board members
We said goodbye to directors Sandra Davila, Mercedes Duran, Sara Hildago and John Pearson. New members Mark Bronenkant, Dan Mahoney, Sandy Sousa and Bill Webber were elected to terms ending in 2020 and 2021. Continuing members elected were Raymonda Abouhamad, Tana Goldberg and Blake Martin to a term ending in 2021.
Andover Community Trust and the Greater Lawrence Technical School completed another affordable home on Haverhill Street.
Family receives ceremonial key to new home. See the dedication information here.
ACT families purchase a safe, well-built home, retain it for generations and contribute to our community.
ACT land remains a community resource.
ACT development provides over 200 students with skill building, job experience and community service.
See the project's progress click
ACT increases service to Andover community
ACT continues its service to the Town of Andover by being the Monitoring Agent for affordable units included in the developments at Stone Hill, Bridges and Riverside Woods.
Local zoning makes affordable units available for these new developments. ACT will assist in verifying the eligibility of applicants for these affordable units and be responsible for future resales to ensure ongoing affordability.
"There's Something About Andover"
“There’s Something about Andover,” the local cable show that highlights special activities around town, featured ACT’s sixth home on Andover Street and the installation of solar panels by Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS) students.
Broadcast last summer, the show featured host Fred Snell, ACT Executive Director Denise Johnson and GLTS Construction Supervisor Tony MacIntosh, who shared comments from the students about what building the house meant to them. He told how during the summer of 2014, the school trained 24 students with help from a $145,000 state “Learn and Earn” grant, awarded to help foster Massachusetts’ clean energy workforce through student training. Each ACT and GLTS partnership project provides students with real-life work experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Students, under the supervision of their instructors, installed solar panels on the ACT home in October 2014 through Solarize Andover, a program to bring more solar installations to the town.
To view the program, CLICK HERE
Building Affordable Homes in Massachusetts—
Public/Private Partnerships Working Together
On November 2, we held a community forum to explore the need for affordable housing throughout Massachusetts. See it here.