In a last minute push before Election Day, former Westford Director of Land Use Planning Angus Jennings is continuing to make his case to become Massachusetts’ next lieutenant governor and that housing costs is a key to that case.
Jennings, the candidate of the United Independent Party, spoke last week to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce over how state policy is failing to address housing costs and how he and United Independent Party candidate Evan Falchuk could fix that problem.
Specifically, Jennings shared details over his ticket’s Thriving Communities Action Plan, which focuses on housing costs and jobs.
. “Currently, all the housing built in Mass is through 40B or local zoning- which is often only big expensive houses on big, expensive lots. No starter homes, nothing for working families,” said Jennings. “(Our policies) would give towns the ability set their own course for growth to meet our needs, and free up our cities and towns to be the economic engines that they can be. This will create the kind of multi-generational communities people want, and our Commonwealth needs.”
Jennings told the business leaders that if something is not done soon on the issue of housing costs, the state could see a mass exodus of younger residents.
“When I was growing up, there was a belief that if you worked hard and did the things you are supposed to, you would be able to at least equal the standard of living of your parents,” he said. “Now, my generation and people younger will be lucky if we can achieve the way of life of our grandparents. Even for young people with very good jobs, finding a starter house in a decent neighborhood is nearly impossible.”
More information on Jennings is available at www.Angus4LG.org