In recent years, tight standards for mortgage loans and high home prices have made it impossible for many people to buy homes, causing more people to become renters. Rental prices are out of reach for many, due to large numbers of renters and the scarcity of rental inventory. Homes with rents that are affordable will enable residents to pay less for housing, go beyond basic necessities and buy healthy food, have better access to health care, spend more at their local businesses, and live where they work. In turn, this creates opportunities for investing in Lexington’s future through the creation of jobs, improved mobility, and payments-in-lieu or tax revenue to the Town. Communities that are diverse and inclusive are more likely to form bonds and create a sense of belonging for all residents. Creating housing that is affordable is consistent with LexingtonNext, the Community Preservation Committee’s 2023 Needs Assessment, the Select Board’s Housing Goals and Priorities, and why the Affordable Housing Trust was created. Housing that is affordable affects all of us.