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April 2008 - Employer-Assisted Housing

Cambridge Plaza, Philadelphia PA -- Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Housing Authority

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In this issue we highlight employer-assisted housing, a broad set of tools that employers use to help their workers find decent, affordable homes. Click here to view case studies of ten organizations that have successfully implemented housing assistance programs for their employees (provided courtesy of Homes for Working Families).

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"Out Loud" Podcast's monthly Out Loud podcast series focuses on noteworthy housing policy solutions being implemented at the state and local levels. This month's edition of Out Loud takes an in-depth look at employer-assisted housing (EAH). Special guest Robin Snyderman, housing director for the Metropolitan Planning Council, is interviewed and talks about the many ways EAH can benefit both families and communities nationwide. Also in this episode, Ray Schmidt, executive director of Select Milwaukee, discusses how key Milwaukee employers are using EAH to recruit and retain quality employees.

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Solutions in Action

Baltimore�€�s Live Near Your Work program brings together resources from private sector employers and the City of Baltimore to help 150 to 200 local employees purchase their first home each year. The city matches contributions from participating employers of at least $1,000 per worker, generating funds that may be used to pay for downpayment or closing costs. Visit to read a profile of the program prepared by Abt Associates for a National Association of Home Builders guide to state & local housing affordability solutions.

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What's Your Story?

Next month's newsletter will focus on foreclosure prevention, and we're looking for your help identifying effective policies to highlight in the newsletter and on What has your community tried that other state and local leaders should know about? How does your community help families with negative equity (i.e., owing more than the current value of the home) or bad credit? Do you have any safety nets in place for tenants in foreclosed buildings or to help former homeowners regain stable housing after a foreclosure?

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The Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing has announced a new competition to recognize leadership and creativity in the provision of housing for America's working families. The J. Ronald Terwilliger Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Awards will recognize developers demonstrating leadership and creativity in providing expanded housing opportunities for America's working families. The entry deadline is June 15, 2008. Winners will be honored during a ceremony at the ULI Fall Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, October 27�€�30, 2008.

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Featured Gallery Entry:
Westcott Ridge, Fairfax VA

Photo credit: Curtis Hall, courtesy of Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development


February 2008 -- was launched in January 2008 as part of Housing Solutions Week. Click here to view materials from the week.