Hanover: South Shore Chamber of Commerce Unveils Housing Initiative

The South Shore Chamber of Commerce unveiled a 10-year housing initiative today, with strategies aimed at creating economic growth.

It’s part of South Shore 2030: Choosing Our Future, which includes six strategies to help build a stronger regional economy.

“It does it by a couple of ways,” said Peter Forman, the Chamber President.

“One, by attracting younger professionals out of Boston who are being priced out of that housing market,” said Forman. “Helping retain baby boomers who are looking for smaller houses on the South Shore so they don’t move out, but also using the location of housing near areas like retail or commercial areas that are finding vacancies because there aren’t enough people, they want to build a more town center around them. Housing helps anchor other commercial activity.”

Rockland Trust donated $35,000 to help jump-start the initiative.

Chris Oddleifson, the CEO, says housing will help the address bigger picture of growth.

“We really believe in investing in our communities. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats. We believe that if there is a good economic environment, all of us will benefit,” said Oddleifson.

“Part of a healthy community is having a housing option that is affordable to people who are going to keep this community sustainable over time.”

State Senator Patrick O’Connor says the housing short is an area that needs emphasis.  

“We just don’t have that stock that’s available,” said O’Connor. “I commend Rockland Trust and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce for taking this issue head-on, and for Rockland Trust’s financial investment today to make sure that we continue the next steps of this project.”

More information can be found on SouthShore2030.com.

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