New Bedford housing crisis calls for a meeting

United Interfaith Action, a faith-based organization committed to addressing social issues in southeastern Massachusetts, continues to push for more affordable housing in New Bedford.

The high cost of housing and record rents make it difficult for even low-income individuals and families to find housing.

The UIA is hosting a community action meeting on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at First Unity Church on Eighth Street in downtown New Bedford to discuss the issue of housing and related topics.

Invited to session with local and state politicians.

“I would like to see a commitment to making housing a top priority in this city,” said UIA’s Renee Ledbetter. Ledbetter and Andrea Sheppard Lomba, joined me this week on Sunday town square.

Ledbetter believes the lack of affordable housing leads to other social issues like crime and homelessness, two areas where New Bedford has had more than its share of problems.

Lomba said the UIA is looking for Mayor Jon Mitchell to commit $10 million just for housing, and she believes the state has an opportunity to provide funding to create more housing in communities like New Bedford.

“I believe Massachusetts has received $5 billion in ARPA funding from the federal government, and of that $5 billion, the state has already allocated $1 billion for housing in the Commonwealth,” she said. .

The two hope the community and city government can work together to ensure housing is a top priority, and that officials will lead that charge.

The entire town square sunday interview with Andrea Sheppard Lomba and Renee Ledbetter can be heard here:

town square sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. on 2:20 p.m. and 99.5 FM. The program shines a light on individuals and organizations who seek to make the South Coast a better place to live and work.

If you would like your organization to be listed on town square sundayplease email the host at [email protected]

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