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Workforce Housing Forum

  • Hyannis Senior Center 825 Falmouth Road Hyannis, MA (map)
BDTC Affordable Housing Forum

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will hold an Workforce Housing Forum on October 5th, 2017 at 7 P.M. at the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis.

22,000 Cape residents want to buy a house they can afford but can’t find one; 4,800 are looking for affordable rentals - looking and rarely finding.

With few options, working-age people, including many born on the Cape, will seek opportunities elsewhere. Meanwhile the number of elders is growing. This puts more demand on home- and health-related services—everything from medical professionals, handymen, landscapers, home maintenance workers, food service providers and so much more.

Who will do these jobs if they can’t afford to live here? This forum seeks to explore options for more affordable housing on the Cape - a roadmap to the way forward

The forum is free and open to the public regardless of political party affiliation or lack thereof.

The panel moderator is Susan Rohrbach.

The panelists are:

  • Heather Harper, Official Title: Community design/affordable housing specialist

  • Laura Shufelt, Assistant Director of Community Assistance

  • A representative form the Housing Assistance Corp. Cape Housing Institute—Will provide info on upcoming training plans for citizen advocates through HAC's collaboration with the Cape Housing Institute

  • Meaghan Mort, Cape native, LPN, wife and mother - 1½ years and counting in search for an "obtaining" rental for her growing family

  • Thomas Lynch, Former Barnstable town manager—Will help us understand how town government works, who is responsible for what, steps needed to pave the way for more affordable housing

  • Julian Cyr, MA State Senator—Will give a brief update on pending legislation designed to give towns more flexible for housing

A question and answer period will follow the panelists’ presentations.

For further information contact Nancy Ayotte 508-737-1354 

Earlier Event: October 5
Monthly Meeting
Later Event: November 1
Monthly Meeting