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Working for the Workforce Housing Coalition: If you or anyone you know is interested in applying for the position of Executive Director, you can view the job description here. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

"Getting Ahead of the Curve" Video Modules Premier Event - Join us for the premier of our Video Training Modules that provide information and training on the NH Statewide Workforce Housing Law. The videos cover a variety of topics that educate paid and volunteer professionals, i.e. Planning board members, housing developers, regional & town planners and others seeking information about housing law in New Hampshire. 

Learn about NH's Workforce Housing Law (NH RSA 674: 58-61). Defend and maintain the law with accurate and useful information. Gain tools for effective management of housing development projects. Free admission. Popcorn and soda provided!
 
(New Date!) Thursday, March 12, 2015
5:30 - 7:00PM
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Lane, Portsmouth
Levenson Community Room
(1st floor)

Free admission. Register here.

We've Moved Our Office - We are excited about our recent office move to the McConnell Center in Dover New Hampshire. The McConnell Center, the former Dover Middle School, is located at 61 Locust Street in Downtown Dover.
Our new mailing address is:

Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast
McConnell Center, 61Locust Street, Suite 302A
Dover, New Hampshire 03820

Congratulations 2015 Board Officers - We are pleased to announce our board of directors leaders for 2015. Kim Rogers, G.L. Rogers & Company, Inc., will serve a second term as Board President. Thomas House, T.H.A. Architects, L.L.C., was voted to resume the Vice President role. Our newest board member, Matthew Sullivan, Strafford Regional Planning Commission, will accept the role of Board Secretary, replacing Dorothy Harris, Coldwell Banker R.E., who stepped down from the board of directors in December . 

We extend our sincerest appreciation to Dorothy for sharing her dedication to our mission and her leadership as a board member and board officer. Thank you Dorothy for your support, guidance and friendship. 

Workforce Housing Design Charrette - Our 5th annual design charrette focused on sites in York, ME (October 15 & 17) and in Stratham, NH (October 22 & 24). The event brought to light on each site's potential for development of mixed uses or a neighborhood of modest homes. See the summary publications here.

Workforce Housing Advisory Committee - Earlier this year, we formed an Advisory Committee to provide perspective and programmatic guidance to our organization. We are seeking individuals who have knowledge, experience and/or interest in workforce housing and related topics to join the committee. The committee meets quarterly. Read more...

 

Opening Doors to Vibrant Communities

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 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?
Workforce housing provides homes for 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.

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.

Become a member now! At the top right of this page, choose your desired membership level and click DONATE. Or become a member by mail.

Community Builder Spotlight

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.  Learn more - contact us.
 

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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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