I am one of the hundreds of homeowners dealing with crumbling foundations. My husband and I built our home in Vernon in 1986. We recently tried to sell the house, but at the inspection we discovered the foundation was crumbling and our house is unsalable. My husband is quite sick and requires full-time care. I retired to be his primary care-giver.
All this to say, we are strapped for resources, in terms of both money and time. I have given much thought to this issue, and I believe there are ways that we can ease the burden for homeowners and stimulate local business. Of course, this would require state support and funding. Given that it takes 20 to 30 years for these defects to become apparent, I believe this issue is disproportionately affecting people nearing retirement and who, as a result, need to recover their investment.
I feel the state should allocate funds to be able to purchase these houses from the homeowners, to allow them to recoup some piece of their investment. The state could then use these houses to provide employment opportunities for contractors and construction workers in Connecticut. Once they were repaired, the state could offer the homes as affordable housing for those in need. I recognize this would require a lot of planning and support but I believe it is a way to mitigate a very bad situation.
I appreciate all of the efforts on behalf of homeowners like myself. I really hope the coalition is able to negotiate some relief for the impacted parties.
– Homeowner, Vernon