#Neighborhood Living
House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs of Vermont
United States of America

One of the most influential links to poverty is the issue of finding affordable housing. The cost of housing is far out of reach for lower-class individuals considering their typical average salary. While the cost of rent increases, the chances of someone with a low-income job finding a place to live decreases. Aside from costs, housing also faces a problem with supply. There isn’t enough housing for the low-income community and as long as construction costs continue to increase the need for shelter does too. According to the Burlington Free Press, “ The market won’t magically start building more affordable housing. In our region, there’s a rush to build new apartments that can cost $2,000 (or more) for a two bedroom.” To afford basic housing, it requires twice the minimum wage which is overpriced for what should be a basic human right. We need to take actions now to prevent any further increase in poverty rates. This is a petition to put an already current affordable housing bill of the Vermont State Capital in action. The bill (H.181) is working to “promote safe, sustainable and affordable housing”. The sooner we put this bill in action the sooner we’ll see results.

We, the undersigned, call to the House Committee on General of Vermont to put the act relating to promoting safe, sustainable, and affordable housing in action.

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The Put Low-Income Housing Bill in Action petition to House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs of Vermont was written by Grace Koutras and is in the category Neighborhood Living at GoPetition.