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Local rules and sentiments make it hard to address affordable housing in Epping

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Renee Duval stands outside of the house she rents across the street from a proposed apartment complex on Martin Road in Epping.

EPPING — For a year, Renee Duval and her boyfriend, Jeff, split time living in her brother’s basement and in a Hampton hotel after the cabin they had lived in for 11 years in Newton was torn down to make room for condos.

Only a month ago, they moved to a two-bedroom manufactured home on a rural Epping road where deer, turkeys and rabbits are their new neighbors.

What's Working

What’s Working

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A sign on Martin Road marks the spot where a new apartment complex is proposed in Epping.

Epping/Fremont Real Estate

It was a quiet morning in downtown Epping on Thursday. The town’s population grew by almost 13% from 2010 to 2021, more than twice the statewide average.

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Michelle Hogan, assistant library director, speaks with a reporter from her desk at the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library in Epping last week.

What’s Working, a series exploring solutions for New Hampshire’s workforce needs, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by Eversource, Fidelity Investments, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the New Hampshire College & University Council, Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education.

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