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The state is spending more than a million dollars to increase access to locally-grown food in western Massachusetts. The Franklin County Development Corporation will use the funding to help low-income families in Franklin County purchase local and healthier food.
When Kris Zappettini returned to Chico with a doctorate from Virginia Tech, little did she know that time spent in an aerobics class also would prove significant to launching her career in affordable housing.
"Single-family homes at reasonable prices are what is needed,” said Carmen Lorentz, executive director of Lakes Region Community Developers, which is seeking to add such homes to its portfolio of permanently affordable workforce housing. “Nobody is building starter homes, and there is literally nothing on the market. The private sector is not serving this market.”