Submitted by Ashley Bennett. Published July 3, 2017
Candidate says target foreclosures, economy
Many of the elected officials in Atlantic County have failed to adequately address the issue of home foreclosures, an issue of deep concern to many in the area. Increasing poverty and unemployment rates have steadily taken their toll on the housing market, and without a push towards increasing economic opportunities in the area, many residents are unable to stay in their homes.
There has yet to be an actual foreclosure plan that will help residents stay in their homes. While the Hard Rock International deal has renewed optimism that the casino industry will be strengthened in upcoming years, the failure of many elected officials to act remains on display in the many vacant properties we see in the community.
Significant legislative and policy changes are needed, which bring about innovative ways to increase economic development and address housing foreclosures, or the county will continue to face these crippling challenges in the years to come. Atlantic County needs to diversify its economy and face the reality that in the ever-changing gaming industry landscape of the East Coast, the casino industry cannot continue to be the area’s only major hope for economic prosperity.
Atlantic County residents are owed opportunities to succeed that reflect the current times, and better resources to enable them to stay in their Atlantic County homes.