Letter: Old Town Hall resident should consider other perspectives
To the Editor:
I would like to respond to Georgette Ferrante's letter in your Nov. 16 issue. No one is ever happy to move, whether a senior citizen who must transition to assisted living, skilled nursing facility, or temporary move while current senior housing is redeveloped. Tearful children and spouses are often not happy to move when the other spouse has a job transfer, nor were Norwalk's Dreamy Hollow co-op owners when new owners/developers forced many moves.
Had the Old Town Hall homes renovation been completed years ago, with additional occupancy units, perhaps the 77 year old woman I know who lost her home in Silvermine would not have had to live in her car periodically for almost two years because there was no affordable senior housing and long waiting lists in many Connecticut towns. The additional units with the redevelopment will assist others in need.
Ms. Ferrante might think of her fellow human beings in Puerto Rico, Barbuda, and other hard hit hurricane areas who have had little or no electricity, water, food, and medical access since the storms hit instead of whether she will have only a front door and would have to stay in her new apartment with the newest sprinklers until help came in the event of an emergency.
Many states, with budget deficits, already have, or are thinking of filial piety legislation, which would mandate adult children to assume the financial care of their elderly parents, whether or not there is a loving or estranged relationship. Perhaps Connecticut will follow suit.
Kathleen A. Bernadette
Editor's note: An update on Old Town Hall Homes will be presented to the Board of Selectmen Monday night at its meeting. See agenda here.