In response to the elevated housing crisis in Massachusetts, Wellspring is looking to partner with Gloucester landlords and property owners to rent five apartments to families who are working hard with Wellspring to become financially secure. Thanks to new funding made available from the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, (EOHLC) Gloucester property owners and housing managers can now rent their apartments (virtually risk-free!) to local families through Wellspring’s Ready-To-Rent Program.   

Acting as the tenant on behalf of the family, Wellspring will assume all financial responsibility for the lease, which includes guaranteed rent payments, rental insurance coverage, and additional tenant financial obligations for a minimum of one-year. This innovative approach helps reduce financial risks for most landlords and allows Wellspring families the opportunity to take over the lease so that they can remain in the Gloucester community. 

As the Cape Ann expert in homelessness prevention and family shelter services, we know and understand families’ needs well, and believe the Ready-To-Rent Program is their next step in securing safe, permanent housing and achieving financial security,” Melissa Dimond, President & Executive Director, Wellspring.  

Partner with Wellspring to House Local Families!

Working with Wellspring, you’ll become an active catalyst to help sustain families who are affected by the housing crisis. You’ll have the security of a financially stable partner who knows and understands the needs and capabilities of each of these unique families.

Since 1981, Wellspring has provided more than 10,000 local parents and their families with emergency shelter, housing stabilization and access to quality education, job training, and career readiness that leads to livable wages and financial security. 

Liz Wuenschel, Director of Shelter Services for Wellspring says Wellspring has worked tirelessly on behalf of families in need of safe, stable housing and has a proven track record of success, particularly within the Gloucester community.  

“We understand the challenges many local families face to find affordable housing in Gloucester and the Greater Cape Ann area. Inventory continues to remain low, but the need grows higher every day. While Wellspring has ongoing need throughout the year, our goal is to secure five centrally located units in downtown Gloucester by October 1, 2023,” said Liz Wuenschel, Wellspring’s Director of Shelter Services.

If you are interested in partnering with Wellspring, or have an open unit, (or will soon) please contact Liz Wuenschel, Director of Shelter Services at 978 281-3558 ext. 315, or via email at 

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