About Us

MISSION:
To provide affordable housing for those wishing to live year-round on Great Cranberry Island or Little Cranberry Island.  We strive to halt the loss of year-round working families, and to actually increase their numbers on the islands. This will strengthen the island community and economy, helping to sustain a way of life, both now and into the future.

OVERVIEW:
CIRT was founded in 1996, with support and encouragement from the Town of Cranberry Isles, to provide affordable year-round housing for those who could not otherwise afford it. The Board of Directors has always included both year-round and seasonal residents of both islands. The group has been led by lobstermen, other small business owners, and people seeking permanent housing. After establishing the organization and receiving federal charitable 501(c)(3) status in May, 1998, CIRT’s initial goal was to obtain a home for rent on each of Great and Little Cranberry Islands. After those successes, CIRT later obtained a second home on Great Cranberry; and, in June, 2014, built two new rental homes on Great Cranberry. CIRT has also assisted a family to purchase a home on Little Cranberry Island, with protective affordable housing covenants.

ACTIVITIES:
The CIRT Board manages six affordable houses:

On Great Cranberry:
The Rice House
The Kane House
The Preble House
The Woodland House
The Pondview House

On Islesford:
The Islesford House

Board of Directors

Peter Buchsbaum
JC Camelio
Lindsay Eysnogle
Chris Johnston
Jim Kehoe
Dick Pierson
Ken Schmidt
Jim Singerling
Jeri Spurling
Judith Timyan
Phil Whitney

2018-2019 Officers:
Phil Whitney, President
JC Camelio, Vice President
Chris Johnston, Secretary
Jim Kehoe, Treasurer

Staff
William Dowling, General Manager
Ben Sumner, Bookkeeper
Ric Gaither, Property Manager, Great Cranberry
Paul Fernald, Property Manager, Islesford