The Woodbridge Housing Opportunity Study Committee invites you to participate in its latest survey. The Woodbridge Housing Opportunity Study Committee was created by town officials to develop an Affordable Housing Plan as required by state law, and to increase the diversity of housing to meet the needs of current and future Woodbridge residents. This process is dependent upon input from current and future Woodbridge residents. To date, the Committee has received feedback through the South Central Region Council of Government survey, and during the December 6, 2021, public meeting, where participants were able to ask questions and offer ideas on future housing options. The current survey was created by the Committee based on that feedback and is an integral part of the implementation of an affordable housing plan for the Town of Woodbridge.
Some important facts to consider while taking the survey: Connecticut General Statute section 8-30g requires 10 percent of homes, in every municipality within the state, to be affordable. Currently, only 1.3 percent of Woodbridge homes qualify. Affordable housing are units that are deed restricted to be guaranteed affordable, for those making 80 percent or less than the Area Median Income, which is currently $82,000 for New Haven County. For example, a family of two with an annual income of $66,000 or less would qualify for affordable housing.
Currently 1 in 5 Woodbridge households, approximately 21 percent, do not meet the “survival budget” as reported in the United Way of Connecticut’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Study. These “housing-cost burdened” households are comprised of single person households earning $28,000 annually, elderly households earning $33,000 annually, and four person families earning $90,000 per year.
The survey is another opportunity for current and future Woodbridge residents to help shape the affordable housing plan, and the Housing Committee encourages everyone to participate. The survey link is provided below and is also available on the Town’s website, woodbridgect.org, and will close on March 4, 2022.