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FEBRUARY 25, 2018 1-3pm, at Salisbury Central School

Community Forum: Meeting Salisbury's Housing Needs








The Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission (SAHC) announced that they will host a community workshop on Sunday, June 4 at 1:00pm at the Salisbury Central School cafeteria. The purpose of the forum is to get community input on where housing could go in Salisbury and Lakeville, what it could look like, and what community benefits it could provide. The workshop is open to the public. All those who live and/or work in Salisbury are encouraged to attend and provide input.

“We’ve heard from many residents and employers in our town about the need for more housing options that are affordable. The Salisbury Housing Trust and Salisbury Housing Committee have been building housing to meet these needs over the years and we still need more. The big question is, where will the housing go? The SAHC has been working to identify sites that could be developed for housing.  We hope to engage the public at this workshop to get valuable feedback on these sites under consideration,” explained SAHC Chairman Pari Forood. 


The community workshop is hosted by the SAHC in partnership with the Salisbury Housing Committee, Salisbury Housing Trust, and Salisbury Economic Development Committee. It is made possible in part through a grant from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's HousingUs initiative.  

In 2008, the Salisbury Board of Selectmen created the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to study affordable housing needs in Salisbury and report its findings. In 2010, the committee published Preserving Salisbury’s Vitality: Housing for Tomorrow.  The report found that among all Connecticut towns, Salisbury had the oldest median age and the 8th (the 7th a year later) least affordable housing; young adults and young families were leaving, and school enrollments were declining. In 2011, the townspeople voted to create the SAHC to facilitate and promote the creation of affordable housing.


“We really want everyone who lives and /or works in the town to come to this event and provide their input,” said SAHC and SHC member Jocelyn Ayer. “We need everyone’s input on these housing sites and concept plans to help determine which sites to focus our efforts on. We want to focus on locations and designs that have community support. Come tell us what you support on Sunday, June 4th!”


For additional information or to RSVP, contact SAHC Coordinator Jennifer Farwell: or go to

January 2017:

A series: Our Home, Our Future

By: Mary Close Oppenheimer

Voices from the Salisbury Community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future



Press Release: JANUARY 2016 

The Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission announced today that Lakeville residents Pari Forood and Roger Crain will become the new Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. The Commission also welcomes Jocelyn Ayer as a new commissioner.


Ms. Forood, the Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation in Dutchess County, NY will be the second Chairman after retiring Robert Riva. She has a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management. Ms. Forood, who has been on the SAHC for four years, is also the Junior Warden at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lime Rock. She is the mother of two grown daughters who attended the Indian Mt. School and Hotchkiss. 


Mr. Crain, a Partner and Director of Client Services at Ascendant Compliance Management in Salisbury, CT, is a lifelong Salisbury resident. He has been serving on the SAHC for four years and sits on the Boards of Directors of the Bissell Fund which pays medical bills for those in need and the Housatonic Child Care Center. 


Jocelyn Ayer, Community & Economic Development Director at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) brings a wealth of knowledge to the SAHC. For the past 11 years, Jocelyn has been working with non-profit housing, community development and planning organizations, mainly on the issues of affordable housing and small town economic development. She holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


2016 SAHC Commissioners: Jocelyn Ayer, Charles Church, Roger Crain, Jim Dresser, Pari Forood, Elizabether Slotnick, Peter Wolf


For more information on the SAHC: 

or contact SAHC Coordinator, Jennifer Farwell:


Press release (January 9, 2013): Guidelines & Application for Salisbury Affordable Housing Fund:

At the Commission’s January 9th meeting, Guidelines for the Salisbury Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) were formally adopted.  For a copy of the Guidelines and application form click here.

SAHF funds may be disbursed per Town Ordinance #112 to facilitate the creation of Affordable Housing units in Salisbury.  Any entity that intends to create affordable housing is eligible to apply for an interest- free loan.  Non-profit organizations with experience and a mission that includes the creation of affordable housing may request grant funds of up to $5,000. Funding provided for feasibility studies will be forgiven if the project proves infeasible.


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Citizen's Guide
Just released- a new "Citizen's Guide" on helping to create affordable housing in Salisbury. Wondering how you can help support affordable housing options for those who live, work, or volunteer in Salisbury?
CLICK HERE (link to attached brochure).
A report released July 2011, ranks the Town of Salisbury as the 7th least affordable town in the State of Connecticut. This report "Affordability in Connecticut, 2010" by Partnership for Strong Communities, compares the Town's 2010 median household income to the 2010 median home sales price in Salisbury and finds a gap of $118,029 between the median household income and what that household would need to earn to qualify for a mortgage on the median priced home." For more information and to see the full report (