This Month In County History

1983: Low-income housing advocacy

July 15, 2005

Columbia-based advocates for low-income families hoped to pressure the county in 1983 to provide developers with incentives to build more housing for their clients. Part of their strategy was a loose alliance with the business community, which had long lobbied for similar incentives.

"We can't get anything done if we don't work with them," said Amy Reisch, chairwoman of the advocacy committee of the Association of Community Services, at the time.

The committee, with representatives from several service agencies, also planned to step into the debate over the county's proposed rezoning plan, which included several measures to increase housing density if developers in turn built more housing for moderate-income people. The committee's decision coincided with a renewed debate among county leaders over the shortage of housing for low- and moderate-income families.

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