The following is reprinted with permission from the Montclair Watercooler.
“Because the density of pure ice is about 920 kg/m³, and that of sea water about 1025 kg/m³, typically only one-ninth of the volume of an iceberg is above water. The shape of the underwater portion can be difficult to judge by looking at the portion above the surface.”
Building houses on Wildwood is the tip of the iceberg.
We all want safe, adequate, housing that we can afford to live in. But not everyone thinks that their biggest housing problem is that they don’t live in a new house on Wildwood next to Brookdale Park. And that goes for people with low and moderate income.
Some are desperate to live in a neighborhood that is free from crime. Some want to live in a house that is not falling apart but is so because they can’t afford to fix it.
Some want the absentee landlord to repair the porch, the pipes, and the heating, or to repair the refrigerator that has been broken for the two weeks.
Some are “just starting out” and need help in finding a reasonably rental.
Some dream of a house of their own but truly don’t understand the economics and wish someone who help them learn.
Some have homes in foreclosure, and need help. Some just need a thousand dollars that they can’t send to the mortgage company that month because they have doctor bills to pay.
During the last few months I’ve been speaking with people who understand this. In particular I’ve been excited to learn about the work of HomeCorp, an organization that “sees” the iceberg and addresses the multiplicity of issues that are “housing” issues. An organization that has a track record of making a difference by actually doing things, rather than just talking about doing things.
The rush to think that two houses on Wildwood will solve all of our housing problems is wrong.
And the cut off of town support for HomeCorp is mind boggling. And it is hypocrisy.