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.
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.
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
The Islesford House
Board of Directors
William Dowling, General Manager
Ben Sumner, Bookkeeper
Ric Gaither, Property Manager, Great Cranberry
Paul Fernald, Property Manager, Islesford