Despite some promising economic signs, New Bedford still faces many challenges. One of the most important is housing.

There are no easy answers to the housing crisis. The cost of buying a home is unaffordable for many New Bedford residents. Rents have also skyrocketed in recent years; three-bedroom apartments that only a few years ago rented for around $1,000 a month now cost between $1,500 and $2,000 a month or more.

A new community organization called HOME (Housing Options for Momentum and Equity) is seeking the help of area residents to find solutions.

Co-hosts Carl Alves and Shane Burgo joined town square sunday this week to discuss group plans and future goals.

“We don’t necessarily have all the answers; however, we want people to have answers, or part of the answers, in a room together, talking to each other,” Alves said.

The group met in June and will meet again Wednesday, July 13 at 5 p.m. at Keith Middle School.

Shane Burgo is a first-year city councilor who made the housing issue a cornerstone of his campaign last year. He thinks a stable housing situation would solve many of the town’s problems.

“When we’re talking about our education system or jobs or whatever, if we don’t have that base, which is housing, how can you have all those other things?” he said.

One of the goals, Alves said, is to build better relationships with business and developers.

“This is an opportunity to start from scratch, people come with goodwill, share their own expertise and hopefully new partnerships will be developed to create safe, affordable and climate-friendly housing,” he said. -he declares.

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Marcus Ferro/Townsquare Media

Burgo and Alves both applauded the city’s recent investment of $11 million in federal ARPA funding to develop 150 new units in New Bedford, but said many more units are needed.

HOME is planning a large community meeting sometime in September to lay out further plans.

The entire town square sunday interview with Alves and Burgo can be listened to here:

town square sunday is a public affairs program heard every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. on 2:20 p.m. and 99.5 FM. The program spotlights individuals and organizations seeking to make the South Coast a better place to live and work.

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