Let\u2019s write it off to bad timing. And do a little rethinking. The Ridgefield Housing Authority has sent out rent increase notices to many of its more than 150 tenants, some seeking increases as high as $50 a month. The rent hikes, which have been in the works from before the pandemic, still need to go through a final approval. But they are scheduled to take effect July 1, and have alarmed many tenants. There are a lot of reasons the rent hikes make good sense from the Housing Authority\u2019s perspective \u2014 let\u2019s face it, rent hikes never make good sense from the tenants\u2019 perspective \u2014 but this still seems like something the hardworking and dedicated volunteers of the Housing Authority needs to reconsider. Seriously. This is just not a good time to be raising folks\u2019 rents. It may be true that some rent increases are considerably less than $50 \u2014 such as $14 or $15 a month at Ballard Green, for instance \u2014 and many tenants\u2019 increases will be covered by state subsidies. And the Housing Authority makes a good case that it needs not just to cover day-to-day operations but to to build up resources to handle unexpected problems \u2014 such as elevator renovations in the Congregate Housing building, in the wake of last fall\u2019s elevator breakdown. The elevator projects was originally projected to cost about $100,000, and now looks like it may be two or three times that. Things like the elevator breakdown are real problems that responsible management seeks to address. Increasing rents to keep up with rising costs is part of that. But there is a pandemic going on. And many people are out of work. Many of the Housing Authority\u2019s tenants are older people who no longer work, but a number of tenants do have jobs. Housing Authority properties such as The Meadows Townhomes are aimed at younger people. The good faith and dedication of the Housing Authority\u2019s volunteer members isn\u2019t in question. The Housing Authority takes on a difficult and needed job in trying to help provide some diversity of housing opportunity in a town where market prices are, well, Fairfield County crazy. But the timing of the currently proposed rent increases is just not appropriate. Back to the drawing board.