New Milford seeks affordable housing plan

New Milford is looking for a new affordable housing plan, with the hopes of increasing the town’s affordable housing from its current share of roughly 4.7 percent. The purchasing department is accepting applications from professional planners and consulting firms ready to develop the plan. The proposal must outline a plan to evaluate demographics, resources, and future housing needs, and then determine a strategy and recommendations for the town. The state has encouraged municipalities to meet a 10 percent threshold for affordable housing stock, with the aim of getting towns to improve their margins. This type of plan would help put New Milford on the road toward alignment with this goal. While the purchasing department could not confirm the number of proposals they’ve received from bidders, purchasing specialist Valerie Douglass said they’re very happy with the interest they’ve seen so far. The request for proposals will expire next Thursday, and by March 11, the town will award the contract to one of the bidders. A tentative project completion date has been set for June 30.

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