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Our view: In Hamilton, a teenager helps lead the way

The town of Hamilton has earned a reputation on the North Shore as one of the area’s least supportive communities for affordable housing. Only 3 percent of its housing stock is deemed affordable, a local record exceeded only by Boxford, which has less than 1 percent. Moreover, townspeople seem content to let things remain the way they are; not a...


Young advocate pushes affordable housing in Hamilton

HAMILTON — As conversations around affordable housing in town continue, a group of advocates has begun attending meetings on the topic in town and hopes to educate others about the issue. The group is led by Laura Miller, an 18-year-old student at Waring School, a private 6-12 school in Beverly, and a Hamilton resident. She recently teamed up with housing...


Should mobile homes be counted as part of a community’s affordable housing stock?

YES Kevin Kuros State representative, Uxbridge Republican Kevin Kuros Yes, these units should be counted as affordable housing, but first we ought to stop calling them “mobile homes” as they are rarely moved. The more appropriate term is “manufactured” homes. A 2011 Vermont survey showed the average length of residence in a manufactured home park in that state was 11...


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Fuller partnership, city talk affordable housing Both sides attempt to connect Fuller, Middle Street projects together

This an artist’s rendering of Cape Ann YMCA’s proposed Housing at Middle Street project. The existing Patillo Building could be connected to the building in the center. The proposal to build more than 50 units of recognized affordable housing on the site of the YMCA building at 71 Middle St. sits at the center of renewed negotiations between the city’s...