A Sham - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 2044470

A Sham

Proposed plans for affordable housing, including the current referendum, are a sham. The middle class, including but not limited to police, nurses, teachers and other essential workers, are excluded, because they earn too much.

Basically, this holds true for a majority of two-earner families. This despite the fact that they earn too little to purchase a home in Southampton Town. Further, according to the housing authority, they cannot be given priority in any plan, since that would be deemed prejudicial.

Let’s not forget that the few so-called affordable homes are in areas that the town freely admits it cannot effectively control in situations involving illegal occupancy and exterior maintenance.

There is nothing wrong in providing low-income housing, as long as it is scattered across all areas of the town. But at the same time urgent housing needs of the true middle class must be equally addressed.

Sharon Frost