Workforce Housing

Minnesota River with Bridges

Minnesota River with Bridges

The housing affordability taskforce met to consider the recommendation that housing affordability was a key issue for the community.  We arrived at several recommendations:

  • Low-income housing needs are being met by the public housing authority, at least to the satisfaction of the local governments that oversee them.
  • There will be an increasing need for elder housing, but that is a complex issue (“elders” are not a single group, as far as their housing needs are concerned, and those needs are being met through a range of public, nonprofit, and market providers).
  • There is an unmet and growing need for workforce housing (housing that is within the reach of people who are fully employed but at the lowe end of the pay scale).   This is an issue that cuts across community planning (zoning and subdivision codes), livability (provision and protection of workforce-affordable housing), and transportation (access to public transportation).