Senator Perkins Kwoka Introduces SB 329
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 568-9357
Senator Perkins Kwoka Introduces SB 329, establishing a commission to study barriers to housing development in New Hampshire, including workforce and middle-income housing.
CONCORD – Yesterday, Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) introduced SB 329, which seeks to establish a commission to study barriers to housing development in New Hampshire, including workforce and middle-income housing. Immediately following the hearing, the committee moved into Executive Session and unanimously voted the bill Ought to Pass. It will next go before the full Senate for a vote.
After the hearing, Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statement:
"New Hampshire is currently experiencing a housing crisis. The state's lack of available housing, including workforce and middle-income housing, is threatening our economy, driving our workforce out of state, and increasing homelessness. I am actively working on the long-term solution of increasing housing supply, which we have identified as the root of the problem. Statewide we currently have a less than a 1% vacancy rate, and the median sales price for a home is now over $400,000. This crisis disproportionately affects the lowest income Granite Staters, who are severely cost-burdened by housing costs and are struggling to secure housing. This commission will find solutions to address that long-term supply. Unlike previous housing commissions, this proposed commission would directly study the barriers to workforce and middle-income housing and will have an opportunity to not only identify current challenges, but also to evaluate how new proposed solutions are working.”