How can state and local governments leverage employers' commitment to affordable homes for workers?
Communities can maximize employer involvement in housing by offering financial incentives to augment or offset private contributions. These incentives can also be augmented by encouraging non-profit organizations to help employers design and manage housing benefit programs. Over time communities will develop relationships with local employers. When these relationships are mature communities can look to employers to take on a leadership role in developing affordable workforce housing.
What problems do these policies solve?
Employer involvement in housing initiatives can contribute to community development. Support of new housing for employees can help to stabilize neighborhoods that are in need of reinvestment. These efforts increase the desirability of the neighborhood and help to maintain a safer, more satisfying work environment.
Where are these policies most applicable?
Read the Employer Assisted Housing Resource Guide to learn more about the benefits and strategies for implementing employer assisted housing in Minnesota. If you are an employer or a community leader interested in employer-assisted housing, click here to read The Minnesota Employer-Assisted Housing Handbook.
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