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Even with Massachusetts’ relatively stable economy, the effects of the national (and global) financial crisis from a few years ago are still felt all over the place. Some of the effects are rising unemployment rates, inflation in commodities and services, and the dwindling of the state’s budget. One of the worst hit is the state’s housing sector, which provides low cost housing for low and moderate-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities. This article from gives more details about the sector’s current predicament:

Waiting lists for public housing are growing across the state as housing agencies facing backlogs of repairs shelve plans for new units.

In Gloucester, more than 800 applicants are waiting to get into public housing. Officials say they have a list of $14 million in needed repairs — for leaking roofs, cracked sidewalks and other projects — but expect only $2 million from the state over the next five years.

“It’s a big gap, and we’re doing a lot of triage to figure out the most pressing needs,” said David Houlden, executive director of the Gloucester Housing Authority. “We’ve been trying to maintain properties we have with limited federal and state resources, but it gets more difficult every year.”

With the local government’s problems coming up with sufficient funds for housing, homeowners need to find ways to cope with the ever increasing costs of maintaining a house. Fortunately, you can turn to a roofer in Salem that offers different payment schemes that would make it easier for customers to finance repair or improvement projects that simply just can’t be put on hold anymore (like that gaping hole on your living room ceiling).

When it comes to Salem roofing, the one you can rely on is A&A Services. We offer a variety of payment options, including a 6 month no interest plan. We also offer FREE in-home estimates on every job including siding, replacement windows, roofing, and gutters in Salem, Beverly, Swampscott, and neighboring cities. Moreover, with our experienced and well-trained crew, you can be assured that your hard-earned money will be spent wisely and not a single dollar will go to waste.

(Article Excerpt from Housing Agencies Struggle to Make Repairs,, May 19, 2014)


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