Social Justice

Mar 14 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The League of Women Voters of Amherst has formally commented on the Amherst Single Room Occupancy (SRO) project.

Comment on the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) apartment project at 132 Northampton Road at www.amherstma.gov/3520

Housing costs have risen far more quickly than incomes in most of the country. Few units were constructed between 1980 and 2010, and even fewer of those were smaller, more affordable, units. A forum on homelessness that the League co-sponsored in 2016 identified a great need for housing to reduce the number of homeless people. The proposal by the Valley Community Development Corporation is to help meet that need.

Two proposed projects need our support.

A new coalition of organizations and individuals will advocate for affordable housing initiatives and provide information about housing issues and long-term solutions.

What it is and how it began. This year the committee will focus on Affordable Housing, Racism, and Climate Change.

At a November 1 forum co-sponsored by the League and the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, participants discussed three conceptual designs for the East Street School site. The AMAHT will use their reports in preparing a request for proposals.

Working the Amherst Housing Puzzle was the title of a community forum held on October 25, 2017 to address a number of overlapping problems.

Notes from Working the Amherst Housing Puzzle: A Community Problem Solving Forum, October 25, 2017. This forum was co-sponsored by the Amherst League of Women Voters, the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Amherst, and the Valley Community Development Corporation.

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