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Workforce Housing Forum

The availability of affordable workforce housing has become increasingly important in recent years. In many communities, the people that provide vital services to the community— teachers, firefighters, police officers, and restaurant workers — often cannot themselves afford to live there. Shortages of workforce housing can impact transportation systems, traffic congestion and commute time, environmental conditions, employee recruitment and retention, and a community’s economic stability.

Since 2008, NAR has conducted a series of regional and national workforce housing forums—Bring Workers Home—to raise awareness about the growing need for more affordable housing opportunities for working families, highlight successful strategies and solutions being used to address the housing challenges facing working families, and bring REALTORS® together with others working to advance workforce housing.

The Housing Opportunity Program provides technical assistance and funding to assist state and local REALTOR® associations in working with local government, business and community partners to hold a forum in their local community. Associations should contact HOP staff for assistance in organizing a local forum.

Learn more about the Bring Workers Home Forums conducted by NAR.

Our newest resource is the Workforce Housing Forum Guide.

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