State Rep. Terrie Wood, R-141, recently testified in support of four bills that would adjust the Affordable Housing Act.

The bills would help towns comply with the act, provide parity in affordable housing built for senior citizens, strengthen the law by extending the length of time during which units must remain affordable, and provide towns that struggle to meet requirements with incentives to increase compliance. All of these measures would strengthen the Affordable Housing Act and make it more applicable to state citizens.

In her testimony, Wood emphasized bills' importance for not only the towns like Darien and Norwalk, which she represents, but the state, as well. She applauded the original bill's purpose, but also noted where it has failed.

"Affordable housing and affordable housing initiatives are important to our state for a variety of reasons," she said. "As well -ntended as this law was to encourage more development of affordable housing, the benefits have not been realized. In the 23 years since the passage of 8-30g, only 2,000 units of affordable housing have been built in the state, using the statute. And only four towns out of 169 towns that were not already compliant with the 10 percent required affordable housing have become compliant. That's not success by anyone's definition."

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