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Field Guide to Employer-Assisted Housing

(Updated October 2012)
Employer-assisted housing programs help employers promote affordable housing solutions for their workers. They can provide a variety of benefits, including financial assistance, education programs, and housing counseling. This field guide explores how EAH programs work and offers resources to promote the concept among employers. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)


Employer-Assisted Housing Basics

NAR's Employer-Assisted Housing Initiative Guide

Employer Assisted Housing (EAH) a way to own a home close to work, (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, October 1, 2012).

Employer-assisted housing opportunities require a team effort, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, May 18, 2012).

Local companies urged to offer housing assistance for workers, (Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 25, 2012).

A new benefit to offer your employees: access to housing, (Nonprofit World, July/Aug. 2006).

Understanding Employer-Assisted Housing: A Guidebook for Employers, (Homes for Working Families, 2007).

Employer-Assisted Housing: Competitiveness Through Partnership, (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Sept. 2000).


Employer-Assisted Housing Plans Across the Country

State and Local Government EAH Programs

Making home buying a reality, (The University of Chicago, 2012).

Aflac Midtown Neighborhood Revitalization Program, (NeighborWorks, 2012).

Employer-assisted housing returns to Seattle’s University District, (The University of Washington, May 8, 2012).

Quantifying the Value Proposition of Employer-Assisted Housing: A Case Study of Aurora Health Care, (Center for Policy Policy, May 2008).


Employer-Assisted Housing Websites

Employer Assisted Housing Class, (National Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs, n.d.) — "NAR's Employer-Assisted Housing class focuses on how to work with local employers to discuss employer-assisted housing, EAH's benefits and three options (homebuyer and homeownership workshops, one-on-one counseling and financial assistance) employers can implement to help their employees become homeowners or afford a home close to work."

The ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing — The ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing was established by J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Trammell Crow Residential, to expand housing opportunities for working families. The mission of the Center is to serve as a catalyst in increasing the availability of workforce housing in high-cost communities by harnessing the power of the private sector.

Metropolitan Planning Council — In addition to advancing policy recommendations to strengthen employer-assisted housing initiatives, MPC plays a hands-on role in EAH by working with employers and communities to design and implement customized EAH programs. MPC’s EAH initiative also is linked to northeastern Illinois' Commute Options pilot, through which numerous public and private partners are working together to help employers offer workers a range of transportation choices (including EAH), so they don’t have to drive solo to work; and to the EAH-R program, through which employers assist homeowners with making energy retrofits to their homes to reduce their utility payments.

PolicyLink's EAH Toolkit — EAH programs are generally oriented toward households with incomes between 80% and 120% of the area median. Including options such as rental assistance, homeownership education, credit repair and counseling, and the extension of benefits to non-employee residents can strengthen the ability of an EAH program to serve lower-income residents as well. This tool provides an overview of employer-assisted housing and describes what to consider when creating effective EAH programs and policies.

Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) Network — Employer Assisted Housing is an opportunity for employers of all sizes to offer benefits to their employees with zero-to-low-cost options that include education/informational workshops; or additional services for minimal costs to include HUD Certified Counseling for their employees; and/or financial assistance for the purpose of employees to obtain housing.


eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Best practices in workforce housing, (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute,2009). NAC 1800 Ur1b

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