More than 80 local, state and national housing leaders came together in Boston on July 28, 2011 to identify effective solutions to the workforce housing challenge.
The Boston area is bucking a national trend of falling home prices, meaning many metro residents cannot afford to live in the communities they serve. Essential workers in many communities nationwide cannot afford safe and appropriate housing near their place of employment. Highlighting solutions and bringing together diverse groups in search of practical outcomes has been the mission of National Housing Conference (NHC) and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Bring Workers Home regional forums.
The panelists at the Boston forum shared ideas on creating, sustaining and advancing workforce housing both through public-private partnerships and privately funded employer-assisted housing programs, including efforts underway in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Jersey, and Long Island. Keynote speaker Jeffrey Lubell, executive director of the Center for Housing Policy (the Center), NHC’s research affiliate noted that “by bringing the private sector into dialogue with housing advocates as well as practitioners and policymakers interested in the environmental, health, economic and quality of life benefits of developing affordable homes close to job centers and public transit stations, this forum will help expand the constituency for more effective housing policies that represent a 'win-win' for working families, employers, and the community at large.”
Photos from Bring Workers Home: 2011 Regional forum on Workforce Housing in Boston, MA
The following regional and national partners were instrumental in helping plan this Bring Workers Home regional forum: Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and Metropolitan Planning Council.