A home is a home

for me — and you

As my daughter and I tied rebar for homes for working families on a mission trip to Romania last month, I wondered what we were doing to build homes for working families in Milford.

Not enough, I discovered (I recommend reading the United Way’s ALICE study of CT).

Right here in Milford, we have several thousand families barely hanging on to their homes; most are one car repair, one illness, one unexpected expense from losing their homes.

Toni Dolan, executive director of Beth El Shelter in Milford, told me working families and singles are those most in need of homes in our community.

These are retirees, cashiers, day-care providers, nurse’s aides, landscapers and wait staff: people with whom we interact every day.

These are our children, our parents, our neighbors. We can learn from Romania — if they can find the will to provide homes for their working people, we can too.

We need to recognize the need, not ignore it. We need to tackle it on all fronts, with the heart I know Milford possesses. We need to be open to solutions of all kinds — accessible, green, able to meet the needs of families, elderly and singles. We need to rethink our zoning, our building codes, our attitudes.

I urge you to learn more about this issue, call City Hall, talk with neighbors, co-workers and classmates about making homes right here. We can open our minds, be creative and work together to make our community better for all of us, a “small city with a big heart,” a place we can all call home.

— Therese Eke