Workforce Housing

Due to the affordability gap between housing costs and the actual wages, even having a full-time job does not always mean someone can afford a stable place to live. Workforce housing is generally defined by a percentage of the area median income. Residents with full time jobs and a steady income are also often ineligible for supports and programs that help to make housing more affordable.

In addition to closing the affordability gap across the housing market, Pennsylvania needs to ensure that affordable housing is available to workers around the state. These are people who work hard and play by the rules, and they deserve to have a decent place to live.

Resources for Workforce Housing

A New Vision for Housing Market Recovery: What the Data Says About What Works

A New Vision for Housing Market Recovery: What the Data Says About What Works, new housing alliance of pennsylvania publication

Paycheck to Paycheck

In this revised and updated version of its online, interactive database Paycheck to Paycheck, the Center for Housing Policy presents wage information for more than 60 occupations and home prices and rents for nearly 200 metropolitan areas.

The Effects of Marcellus Shale Drilling on Housing in the Northern Tier

Mullin & Lonergan Associates has prepared a research-based brief that pulls together hard numbers on what is happening to housing and the economy in PA's Northern Tier.

Effectively Preserving Philadelphia's Workforce Housing Stock

The brief presents housing stats to demonstrate the poor condition of much of Philadelphia's workforce housing stock and how the city is losing housing units from abandonment. It also compares the cost of increased public investment in repair versus the real costs of losing housing to abandonment.

Effectively Preserving Philadelphia's Workforce Housing Stock

An issue brief examining the effectiveness of home repair programs as a neighborhood revitalization and workforce housing strategy.
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