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Our Home, Our Future: Sharon Hospital faces geographic, economic and housing obstacles to hiring locally

Voices from our Salisbury community about the housing we need for a healthy, economically vibrant future

 

In our beautiful rural community, we are lucky to have Sharon Hospital nearby. We all depend upon their resources and caring staff. The cost of local housing however, creates serious challenges for recruitment and retention of many of the workers the hospital needs for daily operations.

Our home, our future

Voices from the Salisbury community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future

“Big Papi” Luis Vargas works as a cook at LaBonne’s Market. Bob LaBonne could not praise him highly enough, saying, “He’s a great guy, hard working, steady and reliable. He’s like a father to some of the other employees, hence the nickname ‘Big Papi.’ ”

Our home, our future

Voices from the Salisbury community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future.

Affordable housing: What are we afraid of?

Our Home, Our Future: The White Hart

Everyone in Salisbury is delighted that managers Dan Winkley and John Ciliberto have been able to restore The White Hart inn to its traditional role as a lively hub in the center of town. 

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Planning for the present and the future

LaBonne’s Market

Bob LaBonne Jr., works with young people in all three of his stores. Reliable employees are crucial to the success of his business. Only 20% of his employees live in Salisbury and of that 20%, 80% are young and live at home with their families. He states, “The average commute for his staff is 30 minutes with some traveling 45 minutes from as far as Torrington and other distant towns.” 

Our Home, Our Future: Salisbury’s Housing Organizations

Over many years there has been an awareness of the need for housing options that are affordable for people who live and work in Salisbury. These local housing organizations are hard at work trying to help our community.

Our home, our future Solutions

Voices from our community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future.

Our home, our future: Jeanette and Nate Moss

Our home, our future Voices from our community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future.

Sharon Ridge is an affordable-rental housing complex in Sharon for families, individuals and seniors. The Sharon Housing Authority (SHA) recently expanded this 20-unit community to 32 by adding 12 units consisting of three new buildings with four apartments each. To create a project of this size, it was extremely important to demonstrate a real need for affordable housing and to have local community and government support.

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