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Why businesses need to join the conversation about affordable housing.

Why businesses need to join the conversation about affordable housing.

So much has been said and strides have been made in the availability of affordable housing in Connecticut. But, the conversation isn’t just between cities and towns and low-income families. It needs to include businesses, as well.

Why? Because solving the affordable housing issue has many stakeholders — developers, bankers, attorneys, architects, engineers, nonprofits, and small business owners — who will work more effectively when working together.

What’s at stake? Many low- to mid-income families simply can’t afford to live where they work. And the Middlesex Chamber’s Affordable Housing Committee strongly believes this is a critical conversation, affecting the economic success of every town it serves.

Chief among the committee’s goals is to identify and promote effective  zoning models and strategies. In the long run, this will not only help low- to mid-income families find convenient safe, affordable housing, it can also boost local spending and grand lists, as well as helping to keep good workers on the payroll.

Want to join the conversation? Affordable Housing presentations will be coming to a Chamber Division meeting near you. For more information, please go to www.middlesexchamber.com or email or call Jeff Pugliese at 860-347-6924.