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Affordable Housing

11 months ago

At the Community Kick-Off meeting on July 24th, we heard from several residents that would like more affordable housing in Manchester.  What do you think?

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  • Manchgirl78 10 months ago
    As a single early 40s person who owned a home in the city for 7 years I sold it because the upkeep became too much for me as I work well over 60 hrs a week. What I found is the rental units available are insanely expensive more than my mortgage was. A decent sized one bedroom with off street parking nothing included in complex can run almost $1600 a month if you don't want to live in the inner city. That's absurd. There has to be a middle ground somewhere. I have lived in privately owned 3 floor tenement buildings and most landlords don't keep up with the maintenance and do nothing about disruptive tenants. They used to be cheaper but not by that much any more. It's a catch 22 and lots of people are stuck in this situation. I have lived in Manchester the majority of my life. I work for a local non profit so obviously I don't make tons of money but the cost of living in this city is getting worse and squeezing out the working class. I get Manchester wants to attract high end businesses and high tech companies so they will buy expensive houses and rent the expensive apts and condos and raise the tax base but what about all of us who were born and raised here who work here to better the lives others. What about the people who own small businesses and those who are already barley making ends meet. If things keep going this way we may be the ones in need of services.
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  • abc123 10 months ago
    Very important! It would also be nice to see landlords held accountable for their frequently authoritarian behavior. Rents are too high. I'd also like to see more housing for students so that professionals can be among other professionals, not kids going to snhu who are having parents pay their rent. It's tacky and entitled and shows the city isn't organized and providing a space for this age group.
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    • nhadulted 10 months ago
      SNHU provides housing for all unmarried students who request housing. It is also not the city's job to provide housing for college students. Supply and demand plays out for students as well. If parents chose to pay their children's rent and those parents chose an apartment with professionals, that is the parent's choice. Perhaps the parents would like their college age students to have knowledge of what the professional lifestyle is like. Room and Board at SNHU is 12,278 dollars. Get a roommate or two and rent a place for $2,000 per month and you are saving money. Not tacky and entitled, more like saving money.
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  • Srr 10 months ago
    Enough with the charity. I don't think we attract talent when we cater to poverty.
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  • Kmac99 10 months ago
    Absolutely need more affordable housing/ rent control. As a single mother with no state assistance and work 12 hrs a day at 1 job, I can't afford to move out of the terrible inner city apartment I live in. I also don't have enough time in a day to get a second job as well as take care of my children and sleep. On top of being in a bad neighborhood i.e. prostitutes and junkies in my front hallway, police running through my yard chasing down someone who just shot someone or my car being repeatedly broken into, we're paying a ridiculous amount for subpar neighborhoods and unkempt properties. Something has to change. Not poor enough to get assistance but don't make enough to better my children's lives with living in a better environment. Rent control/ affordable housing all the way. This would also solve a lot of homelessness issues.
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  • MC64 10 months ago
    I would like to see landlords held responsible for the maintenance and quality of their units. Too many buildings seem to be nearly abandoned by their owners. We need more affordable housing, and we also need that housing to be maintained.
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  • James V 11 months ago
    I would love to see Manchester allow homeowners to build detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs are also called as Backyard Cottages, or In-law Apartments. There are over 30,000 single family homes in Manchester and if just 10% of those homes had a backyard cottage, it would eliminate the City's pent-up housing demand and stabilize rental costs in the city. We can solve the housing crisis today if we make it easier for homeowners to build an ADU on their own land.
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