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.