connection to mission
The lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects women and their families. As such, the YWCA views the provision of affordable housing as one of the key components of empowering women. For generations, people of color have experienced housing discrimination. The YWCA views the affirmative marketing of housing opportunities to people of color and supporting them in our housing as one component of eliminating racism.
Salisbury Massachusetts has a documented need for affordable housing. According to Housing.MA, “Areas where more than 30% of
households are cost burdened face an affordable housing shortage.” Cost burdened is defined as a household spending more than 30% of income on housing and severely cost burdened is defined as a household spending more than 50% of income on housing. 57% of Salisbury households are cost burdened or severely cost burdened.
In addition, Salisbury has one of the highest percentages of children enrolled in school who are deemed homeless by the Department of Education. Based on anecdotal evidence, there is a high percentage of households living in summer rentals (including hotels and inns, cottages, and mobile homes) that are not permanent in nature (families are forced to leave during the summer months when rents are significantly increased). Many of these temporary homes do not meet the threshold for a dwelling (no kitchen) while others were never intended for occupation during the winter. The high homeless percentage reported by the Salisbury Elementary School is due in large part to these families living in seasonal rentals.