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Fall Workforce Housing Design Charrette - York ME & Stratham NH - Our 5th annual design charrette will focus on sites in the US RTE 1 & Vacation Drive area in York ME (October 15 & 17) and the Stratham Circle & Millbrook Drive vicinity in Stratham (October 22 & 24). Save the dates to participate! Learn more.


Young Adult Initiative
- We launched a new initiative this year to more effectively engage young adults (a group significantly impacted by the lack of affordable homes) in the issue of workforce housing and the challenges of affording a home when you are just getting started. We are forming a steering committee to host a larger summit in the coming months and invite you to participate. Contact us for more information.


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...

2014 Community Builder Campaign - Visit our new campaign page to see new and renewing program participants and track our progress to goal. Visit page...

Another Way to Give - The WHC now has a new option to support our efforts. Make an annual  "pledge" of financial support, through a recurring monthly gift of $25, $50, $75 or $100. It's easy, secure and a great way to make a real difference throughout the year. Choose your level and click the Pledge button at the right. PayPal account not required.

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

KENNEBUNK SAVINGS BANK'S "COMMUNITY PROMISE"
Kennebunk Savings BankWe are pleased to announce Kennebunk Savings Bank as our newest renewing Community Builder for 2014. "Community Builder" is the name we give local companies that go the extra mile to support our mission and the development of homes that are affordable to area workers.

Heather Harris, VP of Community Relations, explains that Kennebunk Savings understands that being a WHC Community Builder helps to provide homes that are affordable for people you may know, like young professionals and households of modest means. “We're pleased to see an organization tackle the topic of affording housing while bringing together the many constituents who can affect change in our area."   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.  Learn more by visiting our CB Campaign page or 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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