Looking out from in front of the Levittown public library towards New Falls Road in Levittown, PA, I see a building under construction, right next to the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. In an earlier blog, I thought that this under construction building was the affordable housing project.
Evidently, thinking the affordable housing project was under way was just an unfounded leap of pure optimism! I should know by now that any project to help people struggling would be met with resistance.
Housing Visions, a non-profit, wants to build two, three-story apartment buildings on 2.7 acres of land owned by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad that would start on the side of the squad building and wrap around behind it. The site was chosen because it’s hard to find flat, undeveloped land in Levittown. Affordable housing is greatly needed, as evidenced by the mushrooming homeless population in lower Bucks County, PA.
The affordable housing proposal, as is typical when it comes to non-government housing in Bucks County, is meeting with much resistance. Rules are obstructing going forward with the project. A politician complained that the affordable housing project would increase traffic in an already busy area. Well, WaWa, just down the street, was approved as was the current project right next door to the proposed housing site!
In 2017, Interfaith Housing, a non-profit, which creates affordable housing for poor people in the greater Levittown area, and is associated with Housing Visions, proposed buying the closed Maple Shade Elementary School in Bristol Township. Their plan was poo-pooed, just as was my proposal to a county commissioner to use public land to create a homeless camp/village.
I wonder if the township is going to do the same thing with Maple Shade and other closed schools as they did to the historic Sunbury Farms off of Newportville Road. They demolished it! This historic building was structurally sound and just needed a little work to restore the place. People out of work could have easily restored the building, and could have even become guides if it could be turned into a museum.
The root of the housing problem is the prejudice against the poor, the homeless. The Bucks County elitists don’t want to entertain the idea that there are those who struggle. They can’t see from up high on their Ivory Towers. All they see is the surface glitter!