As a local resident of Oxford, Mississippi, it concerns me that finding affordable housing in our town is becoming increasingly difficult. Despite being recognized as one of the best small towns in America by publications such as Southern Living Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Strongs Towns, and ESPN, the high demand for housing has driven up living costs and housing prices, making it challenging for low-income residents to find affordable housing. Unfortunately, the limited supply of affordable housing units available in the town only exacerbates this problem.
While we appreciate our town's vibrancy and growth, it is crucial to ensure that all residents have a place to call home. Thankfully, the leadership of Oxford has demonstrated a commitment to creating a more equitable and sustainable community by addressing the issue of affordable housing. The town has established an Affordable Housing Commission and Trust Fund, incentivized developers to build affordable housing, and educated the community on available resources.
As part of the Commission's initiatives, they created a comprehensive resource guide to assist residents needing housing assistance, including emergency housing, financial and legal aid, affordable rentals, and home purchasing assistance. The Commission's dedication to providing this resource is commendable, and we hope that it can be of help to those struggling to find affordable housing in our town.