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How Salisbury plans to address housing shortage, homelessness

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As Salisbury’s population has increased, so has its lack of housing inventory, lack of affordable housing and issues with homelessness.

On Wednesday, the city shared its plans to tackle these problems.

Mayor Jake Day announced plans to launch Here is Home, a housing initiative that will aim to increase housing supply, make housing more affordable and expand housing solutions for the homeless population. 

The initiative will use monetary incentives, strategic partnerships and programs to achieve its goals, Day said. 

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day speaks at the unveiling of “Here is Home” housing initiative Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, within the roundabout at Coventry Square Apartments in Salisbury, Maryland. The “Here is Home” housing initiative is a
plan to address the scarcity of available housing in Salisbury.

“It is time for us to swing our doors wide open to the growth that we want,” Day said. “If we fail to act, what might that family who had to choose Millsboro or Easton or Ocean Pines or another market have brought to this city had they settled here?… What do we lose because we couldn’t accommodate?” 

Those in attendance at Day’s presentation included Wicomico County Acting Executive John Psota, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce President Bill Chambers and four members of the Salisbury City Council.

The city council will discuss the legislation regarding Here is Home during October work sessions. 

“This is probably the most impactful piece of legislation that I’ve ever been involved with,” City Council President Jack Heath said.

Incentivizing new development

“Here is Home” housing initiative is unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, within the roundabout at Coventry Square Apartments in Salisbury, Maryland. The “Here is Home” housing initiative is a
plan to address the scarcity of available housing in Salisbury.

Here is Home will work to draw developers to Salisbury.

It plans to do this by waiving all fees associated with development in the city. This will include annexation fees — fees tied to bringing a property into the Salisbury city limits.

Day plans to propose to the council a 90-day window during which property owners and real estate developers can take advantage of the waived fees.



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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service