Overall homeless count on Cape, Islands at 5-year low
While this is promising information, it continues to illustrate a need for everyone to step up and do more. Couch surfing is a big, missing, portion of the equation. Without a count of these, we are not getting a complete count. We should also remember that “sheltered” homeless are, still, homeless. longer term living facilities continue to be needed, from group homes for those meeting the criteria for these facilities, single room occupancy efficiency units.
Dennis has stepped up to the plate, creating single room occupancy units with the conversions to year-round housing of the former Dennis West, Cape Haven and Plantation motels and two cottage communities on Route 28. We now have a similar conversion planned for the former Dennis Port Motel under review.
Of course, our big effort is the creation of the Home for Veterans on Route 134. We look forward to the day we can begin construction on this project.
An interesting read. Nantucket has approached tiny houses in backyards as a means of addressing its affordable housing crisis, maybe there is something to this for housing affordability.
A nice step by State Farm. We need to get some Dennis organizations and volunteer opportunities listed on this site.
From The Enterprise:
Getting it done for needy veterans.
I found this to be an interesting read, a picture of who make up the homeless as we continue to work towards getting our Veteran’s Home constructed:
A very interesting symposium held yesterday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. The symposium discusses the anticipated growth in our elder population, the burdens they will face addressing housing (costs, accessibility, income) and challenges us to address these issues.
The Dennis Planning Board will hold a Public Forum on the Affordable Housing Production Plan on Monday, March 20th At 6:30 pm in the Stone Hearing Room. The purpose of the forum is to receive public comments before the plan is finalized. Our consultant has worked for the past several months with the Housing Trust and Planning Staff to update the report.
The Affordable Housing Production Plan can be found at the following link:
Dennis Affordable Housing Production Plan 2017