As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the lack of affordable housing opportunities in the Northeast for the public workforce is fast becoming more and more of an issue. The cost of homes, especially in Massachusetts, outpaces the wages that workers such as teachers, firefighters, police officers, and first responders receive. This conflict has notably lowered the quality of life of these workers due to the longer commutes and heavier traffic congestion that they experience. In fact, many cities have begun to realize the correlation between workforce housing and the well-being of a community, socially and economically.
The steep costs of housing near the workplace also can also create challenges for a business to attract and retain employees. This issue effects an employer’s judgment to establish or continue a business in a given community.
Experts say that available housing for workers is a critical factor in improving the Massachusetts economy and an area that needs to be addressed.