New Hampshire's economic well-being requires an adequate and balanced supply of housing to support a diverse workforce. Unchecked, local housing policy is often developed based on many negative perceptions, creating a significant affordability challenge for many of our citizens and a barrier to labor force development.
New Hampshire Housing, working in partnership with other public and private sector organizations, has assumed a leadership role in developing a broad-based housing education and advocacy initiative.
Workforce Housing Law
The New Hampshire Workforce Housing law (RSA 674:58-61; Chapter 299, Laws of 2008 (SB 342)) went into effect January 1, 2010. It requires all municipalities to provide “reasonable and realistic opportunities” for the development of homes that are affordable to low and moderate income families. The law is intended to address a statewide shortage of affordable housing, recognized by the Legislature as posing a threat to the state’s economic growth.
The resources below provide information for understanding New Hampshire's Workforce Housing Law and how local land use boards can address the requirements of the statute.
- Link to Workforce Housing Statute (NH RSA 674:58-61)
- NH Workforce Housing Law Summary
- Progress In Workforce Housing - A Report on the Implementation of the New Hampshire Workforce Housing Law
- 2019 Workforce Housing Purchase and Rent Limits
- List of New Hampshire Municipalities by Metro and Non-Metro County Areas
- HUD Fair Market Rent Area Definitions in New Hampshire
Meeting the Workforce Housing Challenge Guide
New Hampshire Housing, along with an advisory committee and consultants, developed Meeting the Workforce Housing Challenge, a guide for local action under the Workforce Housing statute. Its goal is to help local land use boards address the requirements of the statute and shape future growth consistent with their vision for dynamic, healthy communities.
Meeting the Workforce Housing Challenge (download PDF)
Housing Solutions for New Hampshire Handbook
Housing Solutions for New Hampshire offers tools and techniques, such as sample municipal regulations, that demonstrate methods for communities to provide for affordable and workforce housing development opportunities. It also highlights a number of successful efforts.
Housing Solutions for New Hampshire (download PDF)
Here are two versions of a model ordinance for long-term affordability of ownership housing. Unlike other models, it is based on the principle that the owner-occupants of affordable housing should benefit from increases in the value of the home.
The first version contains all necessary provisions for implementation. The second is a simplified version that can be supplemented by planning board regulations and conditions of approval on developments to accomplish the same result.