For the months of July and August the board of directors were busy taking orders for Mums. We offered 8 inch pots grown locally in New Hampshire for $5.00 a pot. There were 4 different colors to choose from. Delivery would be held in the All Saints Church parking lots on Labor Day weekend. A successful fundraiser that will be held again next year. Thank you to everyone who ordered and supports the education efforts of our group.

Warrenstreet Architects is extremely proud to announce the Merit Award we received for Harriman Hill Workforce Housing located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire from the American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter (AIANH). Doug Proctor and Jonathan Halle along with members of the Eastern Lakes Housing Coalition attended the awards banquet on Friday, January 11th at the Bedford Village Inn. The AIANH Excellence in Architecture Design Awards recognizes works which exemplify excellence in overall design, including aesthetics, clarity, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance and appropriateness with regard to fulfilling the client’s program.

Selected from 39 submissions, ten projects were recognized at the AIANH Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.

Our firm was responsible for the complete design of Harriman Hill, 24 units of work force housing rental community located in the beautiful Lakes Region of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The project consists of six, 4-unit apartment buildings in the first phase of construction; six buildings will be added in the second phase for a total of 48 units, and the third phase will add 20 single-family houses. Each unit provides for an open floor plan, appliances and heat and hot water are included. The setting provides for a sense of community while fitting into the rural fabric and being five minutes from downtown. Harriman Hill was designed with many sustainable features including solar panels, natural gas-fired hot water boiler and individual recovery ventilators were installed in each apartment.

The jury consisted of multiple individuals from the Rhode Island architecture community. Here is what they had to say: “The Harriman Hill project demonstrated a thoughtful approach to workforce housing that the jury found refreshing…The aesthetics were complemented by an attention to energy efficiency, with specifications for highly insulated walls and roofs and heat recovery ventilation in each unit. The architects tackled a challenging social and economic building type and delivered architecture that is attractive, livable and energy efficient – what more could we ask?”

The remainder of the design team consisted of the following firms; Nobis Engineering, Inc. of Concord provided civil engineering, TFmoran, Inc. of Bedford provided structural engineering, Petersen Engineering, Inc. of Portsmouth provided mechanical engineering and Lee F. Carroll, PE of Gorham provided electrical engineering. Harriman Hill is owned by Eastern Lakes Housing Coalition of Wolfeboro and Laconia Area Community Land Trust of Laconia is the managing partner. The Hartland Group of Burlington, VT was the developer for the project.


Winners of the 2012 Rubber Duck Race:

1st place ticket #238 C. Thayer

2nd place ticket #84 Downtown Grille

3rd place ticket #308 Lee White

4th place ticket #311 D. Solod

Congratulations to all of our winners! Thank you for supporting your local housing coalition

2nd Annual Rubber Duck Race
This is an annual fundraiser for the coalition. It will take place Saturday, September 1st. Please join us at the finish line at the bridge across from the Wright Museum at 10:00 a.m. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward community education. Ducks are $5.00 each and prizes will be in the form of local merchants gift certificates. 1st prize is $100, 2nd prize is $75, 3rd prize is $50 and 4th prize is $25. Tickets can be purchased at Blacks and WEDCO.

Thank you for your support.


On Saturday, July 7th local individuals and organizations participated in the Fairy Land Festival at Cate Park in Wolfeboro. It is a fundraiser for the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center that will includes a tour of locally crafted tiny homes built with “found” natural materials and a giant pinch of creativity. There were many homes on display and it was a beautiful day to get out and view the many entries.

On Monday, 6/25/12 at Noon the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition
invited community members and partners in the Harriman Hill Apartments
to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting for 6 building housing 4 apartments in
each. Dean Christon from New Hampshire Housing, Kathy Bogle-Shields and Stuart LaSalle from Laconia Area Community Land Trust spoke about the affordable housing complex and what it meant to Wolfeboro. This is housing that started being talked about in 2003 and now is a reality.

The coalition was represented at this event held Saturday 4/21/12 at Ossipee Town Hall. Many community members stopped by the table to learn what workforce housing is all about. A video ran on our laptop to visually explain who is affected by the fact that housing has only increased in pricing and wages have remained flat or decreased. This affects homeownership and rentals.

Free Workshop on Understanding and Managing your Credit

Saturday 2/11/12 at 9 a.m.

Freedom Town Hall, 16 Elm Street, Freedom, NH (across from Freedom Village Store). Deb Drake from Laconia Area Community Land Trust will be presenting an excellent program to teach us the basics and beyond. Please call 603-859-0267 or email to reserve your spot. This workshop is free and open to the public.

The coalition will be holding a free workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9 until Noon at Freedom Town Hall, 16 Elm Street, Freedom, NH. Credit is something every person needs to understand. Come and learn with us. Deb Drake from the Laconia Area Community Land Trust will be presenting an excellent program to teach us the basics and beyond

Members of local planning boards were invited to join us for this breakfast forum for an open discussion on affordable housing in small rural towns. Kathy Barnard from the Wolfeboro Planning Board and Chris Davies from Great Bridge Properties both did excellent presentations from the town and builders side of the issue. This forum was well attended and follow up was requested from each town represented. Important resources and literature were provide and both speakers contact information was given out.

Two representatives from the coalition attended this year’s career day at this vocational high school located in Wolfeboro. The event was held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Students were able to find out how to prepare to rent their first place by picking up our “Are you ready to rent” brochure.