Proper housing opportunities for our working-class residents need to be addressed in a serious and effective manner. Over 40% of Cape houses are owned by non-residents which they use as Summer homes. Many are rented to tourists. At the same time, it is getting more and more difficult for hard-working Cape Codders to find a residence they can afford. This is in no small part due to the inflated costs created by second-home non-resident owners.
We need to find creative, practical, and efficient policies to solve this problem. Working together across town-lines and with our local delegations is a must.
But we have to go further and push harder. Housing is a human right.
A majority of our wealthiest homeowners are not full-time or even part-time residents. Their houses sit vacant most of the year while the need for year-round housing continues to grow and locals are pushed off-Cape. The single most powerful legislation we can pass to help is implementation of an added tax to non-resident second-home owners. This small tax bump will provide a revenue stream which will be reinvested into housing priorities for our year-round working residents. After all, there is no reason non-residents with properties on the Cape shouldn’t be active contributors to the betterment of our communities.
Anyone can live here part-time, but everyone should participate full-time.
Support a continuing mortgage and rent freeze during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Absolutely no one — homeowner or renter — should face homelessness due to inability to pay during a national health pandemic. I support freezing payments on all first-home mortgages and rent due at this time.
Rent Control and Zoning Reform for long term housing growth.
We must repeal a 1994 decision to ban rent controlled zoning. We must look at rolling back some historic preservation rules to inspire socially-responsible construction. We must stabilize the market for our residents.
Our community ranges from young renters, to first-time home buyers and long-time families. In order to keep people in their homes, we need to implement more rent to own programs to allow individuals who are below median incomes to build equity towards the purchase of a home. Housing security is vital to the wellbeing and safety of our community members.