First of all I want to thank the members of the affordable housing committee, and Paul Cascais and Michael Rogers, our planner, Joe Burgis, our attorneys, members of Council, and members of the community, often lead by the clergy. This process has been ongoing for well over a year and these men and women have spent many hours working on this settlement and plan. This plan will provide affordable homes for working families, seniors and young people. The city has a long and rich history of caring for our residents who are in need of assistance and this will enable us to continue to do so.

Most importantly, we are now taking decision-making away from the state and entities who do not really know and understand our city, and instead putting that decision making in our hands.

Sometimes when people hear the phrase “affordable housing” they think of massive structures built in the 60s and 70s, and cringe. That is not what this housing is going to look like in Summit. Our plan lets us build homes in many areas of Summit with the intent of blending in with the neighborhood. There are Habitat for Humanity Homes in Summit and affordable housing apartments on Parmley Place, yet few of us can identify them. That’s what we want – an opportunity to help our residents in need and encourage them to enrich our town.

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I am proud of this plan and proud of the men and women who have worked hard to craft it, on behalf of everyone in Summit.

Nora Radest
Mayor of Summit