Push for affordable housing in Springfield: 22 News

Push for affordable housing in Springfield: 22 News

Originally published by Springfield 22 News.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Wednesday in Springfield; Renters, homeowners, homeless families and public housing residents will accompany city leaders on a tour.

The goal will be to draw attention to what they say is a housing crisis in the city.

The tour steps- off from the Panache Ballroom parking lot at 3:45PM.

The tour is part of a nationwide coalition called “Homes for All.”

Stops will include vacant, foreclosed property, city neighborhoods that have been hard hit by foreclosures, a homeless shelter and tenant-owned cooperative housing.

Springfield is one of at least a dozen cities participating, to try and draw attention to the lack of affordable housing.

And unfortunately, the sequester hasn’t made things better. It threatens to destabilize the housing choice voucher program for 125,000 households.

Springfield advocates say foreclosures have forced families out of their homes. And the June 2011 tornadoes destroyed many affordable rental units available.

They say there are more than 100,000 Massachusetts families on waiting lists for subsidized housing.  

The city’s housing director and Mayor Sarno are among other city officials expected to take part in the tour.

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