YOUR VIEW: Something has to be done about rental crisis

Published on Tuesday, 9 November 2021 20:57
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To the Editor:

I, like hundreds of thousands in Connecticut and hundreds of millions nationwide, am struggling to afford rent.

Just in Hartford County, rent is increasing on average 23% from last year. You can go on any community forum on Facebook or Reddit and see the list of thousands of people who are looking for a cheaper place to live, with the vast majority unable to find anything.

We are in the midst of a crisis – one that is worse than the pandemic. We need our elected officials to do their part to help reduce housing costs and rents. We need legislation passed capping rent increases. We need to strengthen protections for tenants facing eviction. Most importantly of all, we need budgetary action to provide developers with both direct subsidies as well as tax relief to encourage the construction of more housing, especially affordable housing with at least 20% of subsidies going towards low income housing.

And finally, we need to dramatically increase funding for the Section 8 housing choice voucher at the federal level as well as RAP [Rental Assistant Program] vouchers at the state level, because we need to protect the most vulnerable in our society: the elderly and persons with disabilities from becoming homeless.

We need these measures so that tens of thousands of Connecticut residents along tens of millions of Americans don’t become homeless within the next year, which will be the case if nothing is done soon to address this grave crisis.

Robert Berriault

New Britain

Posted in New Britain Herald, Letters on Tuesday, 9 November 2021 20:57. Updated: Tuesday, 9 November 2021 20:59.