CHARLESTOWN – The Affordable Housing Commission is down to one member after two members officially resigned at the Dec. 13 Town Council meeting citing that they have been met with “roadblocks and hostility.”
It was announced at the meeting that Catherine O'Reilly Collette and Rev. Jean Barry had submitted their letters of resignation from the commission. And while they had different reasons for leaving the board in their letters, they agreed that people in town have a “not in my town” attitude toward affordable housing.
“We have met with roadblocks and hostility to our efforts over and over again, usually beginning with 'I believe in affordable housing, but...,'” Collete wrote. “'Not in my backyard' in Charlestown really means 'Not in my town.'”