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The Workforce Housing Coalition invites YOU to be part of the solution.
With the support of our members, we tackle the complex issues that contribute to our region’s limited housing options. We educate communities about the benefits of workforce housing -- apartments, condos and single-family homes that are affordable to people of modest means. And, we offer planners and developers advice on how to meet the need.

Since our inception in 2001, we’ve helped 25 communities in the Greater Seacoast region of NH and ME improve their housing regulations. In turn, local developers have created over 350 new units of workforce housing. Become a member now! Choose a Membership Level (drop down on the right) or become a member by mail.

Why can't they be your neighbors?
The Greater Seacoast is one of the least affordable regions in the country. Many cannot afford to live in the communities in which they work, so they endure long commutes: it's harmful to the environment and limits time spent at family and volunteer activities. Some decide to leave the area, leaving employers who are unable to hire and retain the workers they need to sustain and grow their businesses.

Click on one of the images below to read how the lack of workforce housing has affected these individuals and their families.

Ann Coyne Hampton resident and salon ownerCrystal King, Rochester resident & bank tellerChris Kiberd, Rochester resident and policemanBrenda Kiberd, Rochester resident and nurseDiane Cooley, Dover resident and paralegalBrian Kent, Hampton resident and firefighter

Who needs workforce housing?
Those who take care of our children, our seniors and our communities. For example, teachers, health care workers, artists, municipal employees and the other workers who provide essential services - retail, service, manufacturing, and hospitality workers.

Community Builder Spotlight

Optima Bank & TrustOptima Bank & Trust Supports Workforce Housing
Optima Bank & Trust has deep roots in New Hampshire’s communities. The locally owned commercial bank, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the form of loans to help businesses grow, expand and create jobs. Optima Bank has also grown from eight employees to over 50 in the past six years, with a mission to continue to expand.

“With that focus on job growth, workforce housing is a natural interest for the New Hampshire bank,” William Young explains. Read more...

Community Builders Wanted!
We invite you to join a distinguished group of supporters known as Community Builders. For an annual contribution of $1,000.00, Community Builders gain access to a wide array of valuable marketing opportunities, in addition to all the benefits of a WHC corporate membership. AND, once a month, we’ll run a feature story about one of our Community Builders in our email newsletter, social media outlets and right here on our web site. Contact us for more information.

 

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Our mission

Our mission is to be a catalyst for the development of a range of housing options affordable to the diverse workforce in the Greater Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Maine. We build support for workforce housing by educating municipal officials, developers and community members.

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