The following is a list of
key resources on topics related to employer-assisted housing. If you're
aware of other resources that should be added, please contact us
The Employer-Assisted Housing section of PolicyLink's Equitable Development Toolkit
provides an overview of Employer-Assisted Housing and the
considerations involved in developing an EAH policy. The toolkit covers
the benefits of EAH programs, supportive policies, financing, keys to
success, a case study, and links to other resources.
The Metropolitan Planning Council
in Chicago specializes in
employer-assisted housing programs. While directed primarily at
Illinois residents and employers, the Council's site also has
information on efforts at the national level.
to subscribe to the Metropolitan Planning Council's quarterly e-newsletter about employer-assisted housing, The EAH Advantage
The National Association of Realtors Field Guide to Employer-Assisted Housing
consists of an "Employer-Assisted Housing Basics" section with links to
articles and reports on EAH, and an "Employer-Assisted Housing Plans
Across the Country" section with links to examples of EAH programs.
The National Housing Conference and National Association of Realtors®
co-hosted nine Bring Workers Home
regional forums on workforce housing and employers-assisted housing between 2009 - 2011. View the presentations and resources from the 2011
, and 2009 Bring Workers Home
events.These forums explored a core set of issues including:
Articles & Reports
Connecting Working Families to Economic Opportunities in the Philadelphia Region: The Role of Employers
- Learning how to create and sustain a workforce housing programs in your community.
- Understanding the importance of advancing workforce housing through local and regional partnerships.
- Exploring workforce housing issues from the perspective of employers.
- Hearing from other practitioners and advocates managing successful workforce housing strategies.
. [PDF] 2007. By Sarah Treuhaft. PolicyLink and Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.
This policy brief describes the economic challenges faced by working
families and examines four strategies businesses are using to add to
their bottom line by strengthening the workforce: employee training
programs, transportation benefits, housing benefits, and community
revitalization partnerships. The author notes that Employer-Assisted
Housing (EAH) initiatives can be supported through policies such as
state and local matching funds, state and federal tax credits, and
integrating EAH into state or local economic development plans.
Recommendations for Philadelphia include launching a marketing campaign
to raise employers' awareness of the strategies available to them, and
implementing policy incentives such as a state tax credit.
Employer Assisted Housing: An Old Concept Gaining New Momentum.
2006. By Lynn Ross. American Planning Association PAS Memo
Available to subscribers to the APA's Planning Advisory Service
This essay provides an introduction to employer-assisted housing,
including an explanation of the benefits of EAH programs, the ways in
which programs are designed and the evolution of EAH. Case
studies of the Long Island HomeWorks Partnership and REACH Illinois
give further detail on the specifics of these programs.
Employer-Assisted Housing: Competitiveness through Partnership
. [PDF] 2000. Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.
This working paper describes employer-assisted housing and argues that
partnerships including businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies can
promote the use of EAH most effectively. EAH remains a rare benefit
largely because employers lack the information and expertise to
institute an EAH program. Public agencies can enhance the use of EAH by
facilitating partnerships between employers and nonprofit service
Employer-Assisted Housing: Improving the Bottom Line and Unlocking Doors to Homeownership for Your Employees
. [PDF] 2003. Washington, DC: Fannie Mae.
This report provides an overview of Employer-Assisted Housing programs.
It lists the benefits to employers; describes the relationship between
the employer, employee, lender, and Fannie Mae; and discusses the EAH
options, including grants, forgivable loans, deferred loans, matched
savings, and home-buyer education.
Employer Assisted Housing Resource Guide
. [PDF] 2002. By Jennifer Larson.
Saint Paul, MN: Greater Minnesota Housing Fund.
This booklet provides a comprehensive overview of employer-assisted
housing, including a survey of the various roles employers can play,
options for structuring a housing benefit and examples of successful
programs.Employer-Based Homeownership Programs: A Business Case
. 2004. By Amy
Brown. Washington, DC: Fannie Mae Foundation.
This report makes a business case for the inclusion of homeownership
assistance as a component in the benefits package offered to
employees. The paper also describes the steps that need to be
taken to establish a homeownership assistance program, and provides
case examples for each. Related documents include the series of
case studies of employer-based homeownership programs on which this
analysis is based.
Making the Case for Employer-Assisted Housing
. 2005. By Robin Snyderman. Shelterforce Online
#141. National Housing Institute.
This article reviews the benefits of Employer-Assisted Housing such
as lower turnover, reduced recruitment, and shorter commutes. The article features the REACH Illinois EAH program, highlighting strategies
adopted in different parts of the state.
New Arguments for Employer-Assisted Housing
. [PDF] 2006. By Anna Afshar. New England Community Developments, Issue 1. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
This article discusses EAH programs and describes how EAH is being
implemented in New England through tax credits, matching funds, and
private efforts by employers. Examples of successful EAH programs in
other parts of the country are included to highlight strategies for New
England jurisdictions to consider.Private Sector Partnerships: Investing in Housing and Neighborhood
. [PDF] 2004. Edited by the National Housing Conference.
NHC Affordable Housing Policy Review
This collection of short essays offers case studies that illustrate the
ways in which collaboration between the public and private sectors,
including employer-assisted housing, can be used to achieve housing
affordability and neighborhood revitalization goals. Profiles of
the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, Select Milwaukee and
Seattle's Hometown Home Loan Program demonstrate how employer-assisted
housing programs have worked in local communities.Private Sector Solutions for Workforce Housing: What REALTORS and
their Partners Can Do
. [PDF] 2006. By Barbara Lipman. Washington, DC: Center for Housing
Policy. (The section on employer-assisted housing begins on page 23)
Written for the National Association of REALTORS, this handbook
includes a description of employer-assisted housing and references to
additional resources that offer more information to employers
interested in creating a program of their own. Profiles of REACH
Illinois and the Chicago Small Business Consortium for
Employer-Assisted Housing provide more in-depth discussion of local
programs, and a discussion of federal EAH legislation gives perspective
on efforts at the national level.Public-Private Partnerships for Workforce Stability
. [PDF] 2011. Metropolitan Planning Council. This fact sheet provides concrete steps for employers to use federal resources to promote workforce stability through employer-assisted housing programs.
Quantifying the Value Proposition of Employer-Assisted Housing: A Case Study of Aurora Health Care
. [PDF] 2008. By Lynn M. Ross. Washington, DC: Center for Housing Policy.
This case study attempts to quantify the relationship between employer-assisted housing programs and employee performance and turnover, by analyzing data collected on participants in the 15-year-old Aurora Employee Homeownership Program. Findings presented in the report indicate that participants in the health care provider's Homeownership Program received higher-than-average performance rankings and exhibited lower levels of turnover than other employees.
Right at Home: Local Support for Employer-Assisted Housing
. [PDF] 2003. By Samantha DeKoven. ideas@work
2(6). Campaign for Sensible Growth.
This article provides information on EAH strategies in Illinois,
including matching funds and tax credits, and policies jurisdictions
can adopt to facilitate these strategies. Several case studies are
featured to illustrate how local governments and employers have used
EAH strategies. One business, for example, saved $125,000 in 2001
through reduced turnover, recruiting and training after adopting a
housing assistance program.Understanding Employer Assisted Housing: A Guidebook for Employers
. 2007. Prepared by Homes for Working Families (Washington, DC) and Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago, IL).
guidebook describes the basics of employer-assisted housing and its
benefits to employers, employees, and the surrounding community. The
book also features detailed case studies of 10 employers that have
successfully implemented a housing benefits program, including program
specifics, outcomes, and insights gained.Understanding Employer-Assisted Mortgage Programs: A Primer for National Banks
. [PDF] 2007. Community Development Insights
. Washington, DC: Community Affairs Department, Comptroller of the Currency.
report examines how banks can offer loan products to complement
employer-assisted home purchase programs, also called Employer-Assisted
Mortgage (EAM) programs. The report also discusses EAM programs offered
in the conventional secondary mortgage market and provides a template
for how a bank might establish its own EAM program.Workforce Housing in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area: A tale of local leaders crossing political boundaries in two states and several counties to solve the region’s workforce housing challenge
. [PDF] August 2007. My View
. Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
This case study presents the challenges and solutions to develop affordable, workforce housing in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Go to the Employer-Assisted Housing main page