Housing shortages for the elderly tug at the heartstrings of most people. News outlets write about the problem all the time.
“There’s a well-documented crisis in affordable housing in New Hampshire. State Committee on Aging member Kristi St. Laurent saw the problem first-hand as she tried to help a senior constituent find a place to live after a foreclosure.”
The problem with most housing shortage stories is the shortage of information regarding the numerous places the elderly home seekers were unable to afford. That would be a nice addition to any serious article about any kind of housing in NH.
Could it be that the same people who sympathize with people who cannot afford a home also vote for restrictive zoning? You know, not everyone wants or needs to live in a three bathroom four bedroom colonial set on a ten acre lot.
Take a look at the Town of Hopkinton.
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town: 1.8%
Whole state: 6.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town: 0.7%
Whole state: 2.8%
Read more: Hopkinton City Data
Zoning regulations, used as a surgical tool to prevent people from modest means from staying in their home in Hopkinton – or ever moving in, are like a systematic form of gentrified ethnic cleansing.
When zoners and planners in Hopkinton, along with the elite conservation team, stop buying up any available land in the town – there will no one of modest means left.
Hopkinton is in effect, by subtle “rule of law,” a gated community. Don’t think this is by accident.
When people realize what extreme zoning, regional planning, out of control conservation commissions, and regulators of everything a person could make a home of or build an affordable home on, we might see affordable housing.
Until then, snob zoning will keep creating sob stories about unaffordable housing.