March 27th Town Hall on Housing Issues

Thank you to everyone who joined and submitted questions for our March 27th town hall meeting about housing issues and proposed state legislation. I apologize for not having the video because of a livestreaming glitch. I posted the slides below. AARP’s Matthew Netto talked about how Accessory Dwelling Units can help seniors, families, and young adults have flexible and affordable housing options. Russ Partridge from the WARM Center and Mark Gordon, the homeless liason for Westerly Public Schools, talked about their work to help people in the community who are experiencing housing insecurity. Town Council Vice President Kevin Lowther talked about Westerly’s affordable housing plan, which is part of the comprehensive plan. Town Council President Ed Morrone talked about projects in the pipeline and the Westerly affordable housing committee, which should be appointed soon. Contact a Westerly town council member if you are interested!

Credit to HousingWorksRI for most of the slides in the presentation below and the housing data they provided.

Watch the Jan 25th Town Hall on Shoreline Access

RI State Senator Victoria Gu, Westerly Town Councilmember Joy Cordio, and State Representatives Tina Spears and Brian Kennedy came together for a town hall event to discuss shoreline access. It took place Wednesday, January 25th, 6pm – 7:30pm, at the Westerly Town Hall. The first 45 minutes included updates on state and town issues and open Q&A, and then we discussed shoreline access issues and heard from special guests Topher Hamblett (Director of Advocacy at Save the Bay), Mike Woods (New England Chair of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers), and Leah Feldman (Coastal Policy Analyst at the Coastal Resources Management Council).