John Feehan, executive director of the YWCA Greater Newburyport, said that the city provided general affordable housing as far back as 1885. It began earmarking housing for women as early as 1890.
“We know that there are homeless families in the area, and displacement often affects women and children,” Feehan said to a morning gathering of about 60. “These units, and others we hope to build, will help our community in providing housing for those who need it.”
He thanked numerous volunteers and housing specialists for enabling the project to reach this stage.
Although levels sometimes change, municipal officials have in the past used the following guidelines to determine what annual income might qualify as “affordable”: One-person household, $47,150; two-person household, $53,900; three-person household, $60,650; and four-person household, $67,350.