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Housing Affordability Topic for Livingston Dems

Livingston County has an affordable housing problem. Social media is full of comments from families and retirees looking for places to live that fall within their budget. Many people who work in the county ride a bus from a neighboring county because they can’t afford to live here. Can anything be done about it?

That’s the topic of Livingston Dems’ next meeting. Eileen Zilch, executive director of two Livingston County non-profits, will speak to Democrats at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30.

“The price of housing threatens our county’s future growth. It hurts young workers, families just starting out, and people who would like to downsize and move to something smaller while staying in the area. Livingston Dems are anxious to explore alternatives to the current situation,” said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party.

Zilch leads Community Catalysts and Community Catalysts Development Company, both of which focus on developing quality housing that people can afford. They also work to ensure that the people they serve receive any services that they need to stabilize their lives and then thrive.

Their latest project is Bethel Suites, which serves people who are trying to avoid or get out of homelessness. The project, located on Grand River Avenue in Howell Township, is a rehabilitated motel that has 14 units of extended stay to transitional housing. It opened in May and has been full ever since.

The Livingston Dems’ meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Re/MAX Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. Please sign up here.

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