After growing up in Gloucester, Hunter earned her Bachelors Degree from Roanoke College where she studied Sociology and Psychology. She quickly returned to the Middle Peninsula, an important move, she said, to work in human services in her hometown.

Why give of her time to the Gloucester Housing Partnership? It’s in her blood. Working in affordable housing and community engagement for Bay Aging by day, Hunter said the Gloucester Housing Partnership stood out to her as a grassroots effort needed to fill a necessary gap that is all too common in Gloucester.

“Affordable and safe housing is important to me,” she said, “so I wanted to be involved in more similar efforts.”

What does Hunter wish more people knew? A household is considered “cost burdened” if they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs (including utilities).

Families that have disposable income are more likely to spend that income on their children’s enrichment activities. Substandard housing is a leading factor in causing multi-generational poverty and limiting opportunities.

Fun fact about Hunter? She has a pet rabbit named Bug. When she’s not out working to change the world for the better, you can find her spending time outside gardening, hiking and visiting Chincoteague.