TRURO — Four Truro non-profits will kick off a series of free programs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Payomet Performing Arts Center. The first is titled “Unaffordable: Our Housing Crisis and Solutions.”
“Unaffordable” will explore the crisis in Cape Cod housing that is especially an issue for year-round residents and seasonal workers in the Cape’s smallest town, according to the announcement from Truro Connections. The keynote speakers will be David M. Quinn and Stefanie S. Coxe, co-authors of “Housing on Cape Cod – The High Cost of Doing Nothing,” a landmark report issued last year by the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC).
The findings look at the Cape’s lack of housing choices, the "get rich" myth of short-term seasonal rentals, a limited labor supply and what this all means to Truro’s seniors, young year-rounders and businesses. The event will also present solutions.
Other presenters will include:
Kevin Grunwald, social worker and chair of the Truro Housing Authority.
Kristen Roberts, a co-owner and chief operating officer of Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits. In that capacity Kristen is responsible for hiring and staffing, and struggles like other employers with the workforce challenges of the Outer Cape.
Rae Ann Palmer, Truro’s town manager since 2014, and has been in a leader in Truro’s local housing initiatives. As the Town’s chief executive officer, she is keenly aware of how the lack of affordable housing impacts the town’s ability to attract and retain a skilled workforce.
Mara Glatzel, a local resident who is a social worker and life coach. She and her wife live with their daughter in an affordable house that they were able to purchase with the assistance of the Community Development Partnership.
Truro Connection is a partnership formed by the Friends of the Truro Meeting House, the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro Historical Society and the Payomet Performing Arts Center. A total of nine presentations will be held over the summer addressing sustainability issues concerning elders, energy consumption, climate change and art as political statement.—KCM.