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Mayor Callaghan recognized by Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast for Municipal Leadership

On Thursday, November 30th, the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast hosted its 2023 Annual Celebration and Awards Night recognizing various initiatives and leaders focused on the advancement and development of affordable workforce housing.

During the ceremony, Mayor Paul Callaghan was recognized for promoting workforce housing throughout the City of Rochester.

According to Callaghan, the lack of affordable housing is a significant barrier to the City’s economic growth, stating “Our current businesses can’t grow, and new businesses can’t move here if our workforce doesn’t have a place to live.”

“We’ve advocated for the easing of density requirements and amending zoning ordinances, met with housing specialists, and recently allocated $750,000 of ARPA federal grant funds to address this concern,” said Callaghan. “We need to dispel the myths surrounding workforce housing by explaining that it’s meant for working families, which includes teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, and other skilled workers and professionals.”

Left to right: Public Information and Community Engagement Manager Matt Wyatt, Mayor Paul Callaghan, City Manager Katie Ambrose, and Economic Development Director Michael Scala. Photo by Laura Harper Lake.

Callaghan explained that the City of Rochester has increased affordable housing stock by almost 400 units and there is more on the way, adding “In addition to young professionals just starting out, these initiatives are critical for providing housing for the elderly, disabled veterans, and older residents on a fixed income, who are at risk for homelessness.”

Callaghan concluded by saying Governor Chris Sununu regularly recognizes the City’s efforts, calling Rochester a model for other cities and towns across the state to follow. He credited City leadership and staff for the recognition and stated it’s been a team effort to address housing concerns in Rochester.

In addition to recognizing Mayor Callaghan, the Workforce Housing Coalition also recognized The Brook Casino for Business Leadership, New Hampshire Zoning Atlas for Community Impact, Cottages at Back River Road for Project of the Year, and the City of Dover for Visionary Leadership.

To learn more about the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, visit www.seacoastwhc.org.

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