Housatonic Board President Kent Rohrer was recently appointed to the Ridgefield Affordable Housing Committee. The committee, which in 2011 launched a search for a property to build a Habitat home, has lain dormant for several years.
Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, the local Habitat branch, was organized in Ridgefield in 1991 by Ridgefield residents John and Joanne Patrick, and the late Louis Price of Ridgefield Supply Company.
In speaking of his recent appointment, Rohrer said his sense of Ridgefield’s affordable housing needs was influenced by finding a place in town for his mother, seeing his grown mid-career children unable to move back to their hometown, and trying to help working families find housing through Housatonic Habitat for Humanity.
“My mother taught me about the senior side, my children taught me about the youth side, and Habitat taught me about the family side,” he said. “I’d like the committee to be more than just a bunch of data-gatherers,” Rohrer said. “Let’s come up with a strategy that makes sense for Ridgefield.”
Rohrer, who joined Housatonic Habitat five years ago, has volunteered on the Construction Committee where he has worked on the last eight work-force homes in both Danbury and New Milford. Housatonic Habitat recently received a donation of eight lots in New Preston and Rohrer will lead that project.