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Welcome Our New Board Member - We are pleased to introduce a new member of our Board of Directors. Join us in welcoming Matthew Sullivan. Matt is a Regional Planner at Strafford Regional Planning Commission. Matt’s work includes projects on housing, economic development and master planning.

Matt will be joining our Education and Outreach Committee whose goals are to increase community awareness of the area’s housing challenges. Matt grew up in Milford New Hampshire and is now a resident of Dover New Hampshire. Read more...

Fall 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 design concepts 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...

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


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

We are pleased to announce Optima Bank and Trust  as a 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.

“In any community you are always looking for an economic balance that will provide diversity within the community,” says William Young, chief lending officer. “We, as a bank, also have a variety of clients who rely on people who need this type of housing so we support them, and many of our own employees, by supporting workforce housing.” 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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