The Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition has launched an Accessorize the Valley campaign to inform homeowners about possible benefits of building an accessory dwelling unit. These small, independent housing units are often intended for an aging parent or a caregiver.
A 2017 state law requires local governments to allow construction of accessory dwelling units in areas zoned for single-family homes. The unit could be a studio apartment built above a garage or an in-law suite added as a wing of a house. In some towns, local restrictions previously stymied such construction.
The campaign was funded by a $5,000 AARP Community Challenge grant to create momentum for change.