Workforce Housing

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.

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)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter One: The Basics of Workforce Housing in New Hampshire

Chapter Two: A Primer on Workforce Housing in New Hampshire

Chapter Three: Economic Viability: The True Cost of Residential Construction

Chapter Four: Tools for Compliance with the Workforce Housing Law

Chapter Five: 2010 and Beyond: Procedures for Boards and Developers

Appendix A: SB 21 Commission Report, 2001

Appendix B: List of HUD Fair Market Rent Areas by Municipality

Appendix C: NHHFA Subsidy Retention Model

Appendix D: Town of Exeter Resale Restriction Covenants

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.

Full Copy of Housing Solutions for New Hampshire

Table of Contents

Introduction - Housing Solutions for New Hampshire Communities

Chapter 1 - New Hampshire's Housing Market

Chapter 2 - Creating Housing Solutions

Chapter 3 - Planning and Development Strategies

Chapter 4 - Reuse of Property

Chapter 5 - Preserving Existing Affordable Units

Chapter 6 - Expanding Ownership Opportunities

Chapter 7 - Funding Sources for Housing Development

Chapter 8 - Alternative Development and Ownership Techniques

Chapter 9 - Strategic Alliances

Conclusion - Putting it all Together to Create Community!


Model Ordinances

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.

Subsidy Retention Model Ordinance - Complete

Subsidy Retention Model Ordinance - Short Form