Statement of Housing Environment

In the United States Housing Act of 1937 our federal government proclaimed, “It is the policy of the United States to remedy the acute shortage of decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings for families of lower income.” The Housing Act of 1949 reiterated this policy with the central goal of providing “as soon as feasible . . . a decent home and suitable living environment” for every family. All these decades later, “the acute shortage” continues, and “as soon as feasible” has not yet arrived.

Most very low income renters in America now pay more than 50% of their income for housing. These many millions of families and elderly – including many thousands here in Manchester, New Hampshire – bear the desperate burden of our country’s sadly inadequate attention to their needs. As the divide between the very wealthy in our country and those who have little continues to grow, we must resolve to achieve a renewed commitment to the national housing goals set forth so many years ago.

Here at the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, we are proud to continue to do our small part toward achieving those goals. And it is our privilege to serve the deserving families and individuals who come our way.

So welcome to our website, and we look forward to having you come our way.

Note: Statement provided by former Executive Director, Dick Dunfey

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