DTC was recently recognized by the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast at its Annual Celebration and 2014 Leadership Awards presentation. DTC received the Employer Leadership Award as an active community participant going the extra mile over the years to ensure that workers in the Greater Seacoast Region of New Hampshire and Maine have more housing opportunities available to them.
The Coalition specifically recognized DTC for its early and persistent support of the Coalition’s efforts to raise the area’s workforce housing deficit to the attention of our communities and their leaders. Ashlee Iber, Executive Director of the Coalition, in presenting the award to DTC, cited DTC’s early sponsorship with the NH Charitable Foundation, the NH Housing Finance Agency and other like-minded NH public and business organizations, to underwrite Communities and Consequences, a documentary film produced by Jay Childs and Justin Frances, as well as the companion book written by Peter Francese and Lorraine Stuart Merrill, the ongoing forums and local zoning changes that resulted, as well as DTC’s many advocacy efforts in multiple Seacoast communities on behalf of affordable housing projects.
In accepting the award on behalf of DTC, Michael Donahue acknowledged the Coalition’s many achievements, including two recent successful Mill conversion projects in Dover, as well as ongoing initiatives the Coalition and its active Board of Directors had undertaken in the past year, and urged those in attendance to continue to support, at the grassroots level, workforce housing opportunities in the City of Portsmouth, where many of the younger workers NH needs to retain hope to reside.
More information on the Workforce Housing Coalition, the Annual Celebration and its ongoing initiatives can be found at www.seacoastwhc.org. If you need assistance or are considering a workforce housing project please contact Attorneys Mike Donahue or Sharon Cuddy Somers or, in their absence, Stephanie Guy, DTC’s Land Use Paralegal.