Nearly 100 municipal officials, community leaders, and realtors from 15 Cape Cod towns packed the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis to learn about ways they can take steps to address the region’s housing crisis.
Now in its third year, the institute is geared toward educating participants about the housing crisis in our region and giving them practical strategies to solving it in their towns. As Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta said, “We’ve been talking about the problem for a long time… We are losing families. We’re losing workforce. Our communities are changing and we need to take charge of what our future will look like.”
Cape & Islands Association of REALTORS CEO Ryan Castle said, “the solution sounds too simple – build more housing… But that should be the goal.”
Keynote speaker Mike Kennealy, the Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, said the state is working to help communities achieve that goal by making “it easier for citizens and towns to develop the housing they need that works for them.”
“It’s time that we get back into the business of housing production,” he said, noting that “in a single generation, we’ve cut in half our housing production. It’s a big issue for our economic competitiveness.”
The institute was provided free-of-charge thanks to financial support from the people of Falmouth through the Community Preservation Fund, The Cape Cod Foundation, and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS.