HOUSING

         Housing - Housing is a problem in our city at almost every level. Taxes impact affordability for homeowners. High rents for substandard housing affect are a major problem for the 60% + of Burlington Residents who rent their homes. Worst of all, too many in our community find the safety net has failed them and they have no housing at all. I support efforts to provide housing for all segments of our community, especially for the most vulnerable. Over the course of the last two years, the City Council has examined our Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance to make sure it is encouraging, not discouraging, the construction of affordable units. Our most critical challenge is finding housing for people who cannot afford the “inclusionary” units. In the coming months we will begin to implement the recommended changes to encourage building more affordable units in the city.

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