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White Mountain Board (NH) Begins Quest for Affordable Workforce Housing

August 2013

Leaders of the 125-member White Mountain Board of REALTORS® (WMBR) knew from the moment they learned about NAR’s Housing Opportunity Grants that they could put one to good use in their rural region where many jobs do not pay enough to cover housing within a reasonable commuting range. The WMBR used a $5,000 grant from NAR to host the Mount Washington Valley Workforce Housing Design Charette. The intensive design program brought together teams of planners and housing development professionals to rough out development concepts reusing and/or revitalizing existing structures, as well as developing raw acreage.  Particular attention was given to how zoning regulations either work or might be modified to improve the region’s prospects for affordable workforce housing.  The sessions drew 78 members of the public and 26 housing industry professionals.

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