Community Strategy Workshops for Ensuring Affordable Housing in Portsmouth
Thursday, January 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at 3S Artspace
Friday, January 29 from 12 – 3 PM at Portsmouth Public Library
How can Portsmouth residents turn concern about affordable housing into a workable plan for the city and Seacoast?
How can we balance positions on taxes, zoning, community diversity and government regulation – and establish a commitment to affordable housing?
Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21), in partnership with the City of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Housing Authority, will present a two-part workshop to address these questions, led by national planning and smart-growth expert Jennifer Hurley.
The workshops are free and open to the public; please register online at www.ps21.info/rsvp/ to ensure there is sufficient seating and materials.
This event is PS21’s second community-wide workshop; last year’s event engaged the community in a discussion on walkability.
The affordable housing workshops are designed to be interactive, with participation from residents, professionals, non-profit and business organizations, as well as city officials. Attendance at both sessions is encouraged. The workshops will yield a range of solutions that can be applied in Portsmouth and the region.
Attend one or both sessions – learn more and let your voice be heard.
Thursday, Jan. 28 – Affordable Housing Vision & Education Workshop
6:30 – 8:30 PM, 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughn Street, Portsmouth
A community discussion, facilitated by planner Jennifer Hurley, will develop a vision for the future of affordable housing in Portsmouth. Who should it be for? Where should it be located? What should it look like? Options for developing and preserving affordability will be presented. RSVP
Friday, Jan. 29 – Affordable Housing Action Planning Workshop
12 – 3 PM, Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room
This session is targeted at people working on affordable housing and those who want to be involved. The vision outlined Thursday evening will be used to create a comprehensive list of community assets. Specific ways to maintain and create more affordable housing will be examined. Working groups will prepare to follow up on action ideas.
About Jennifer Hurley: Facilitator Jennifer Hurley has been active in the New Urbanism movement for 10 years, working on regional planning, downtown revitalization, traditional neighborhood development and form-based zoning. She has over 15 years of experience facilitating public involvement in planning and development issues. Hurley is based in Philadelphia, is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop, and has taught in the Bryn Mawr College Growth and Structure of Cities Program. She serves on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Transect Codes Council.
Event: City of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Housing Authority, Martha Fuller Clark and PS21 supporters
Season: Chinburg Properties, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Seacoast Rotary and Coruway Film Institute
Partners: 3S Artspace, The Hotel Portsmouth, Seacoast Media Group and The Sound
The event is free and all are welcome.
Would you like to volunteer at this event? Let us know here.
ABOUT Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century: PS21 presents ideas and encourages discussion and policy development around planning issues in Portsmouth, N.H. and the Seacoast. Our goal is to support a vibrant, sustainable, livable, and walkable community compatible with the principles of smart growth, the historic nature of Portsmouth, and the context of the 21st century.
Past events have included: a public talk and workshop on “Walkable Cities” with author and planner Jeff Speck; a presentation by parking expert Michael Manville; a walking tour of the city’s developing North End; an overview of Portsmouth street design by expert and Portsmouth resident Rick Chellman; a conversation about Seacoast transportation modes; a presentation on changing cityscapes by Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Robert Campbell; a workshop with Plan NH about how to lead Portsmouth to a healthy and vibrant future; a book discussion; and a film screening of the architectural film “The Human Scale.”