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. Below are a variety of resources for individuals and municipalities interested in Workforce Housing.
Workforce Housing Law
In 2008, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a law that requires every community to provide "reasonable and realistic opportunities" for the development of workforce housing.
The informational links assembled below provide resources and information for understanding what New Hampshire's Workforce Housing Law is and how local land use boards can address the requirements of the statute.
- Progress In Workforce Housing - A Report on the Implementation of the New Hampshire Workforce Housing Law
- 2018 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
- Link to Workforce Housing Statute (NH RSA 674: 58-61)
Meeting the Workforce Housing Challenge Guidebook
New Hampshire Housing assembled an advisory committee and hired consultants to develop written guidance for local action under the workforce housing statute.
This resulting guidebook, Meeting the Workforce Housing Challenge, can 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 (full document)
Housing Solutions 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
Funding for Housing Solutions for New Hampshire was provided by New Hampshire Housing and contributions from Fannie Mae and the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund.
Table of Contents
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.