Workforce Housing Now
Because Housing is Foundational
“Workforce housing is important because it’s the foundation for our future. We need to take action."
Angela Mitchell, President & CEO of ARM Consulting
“There’s never been a tougher time to try to find front-line employees. They struggle to find places to live in Loudoun.”
Tony Stafford, owner of Ford’s Fish Shack
Workforce Housing Now is a public awareness campaign amplifying Loudoun’s voice for workforce housing as the missing ingredient to our community’s prosperity.
What is Workforce Housing?
Workforce housing addresses housing for public employees – teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others who are integral to a community, yet who often cannot afford to live in the communities they serve. Workforce housing also includes housing for young professionals, workers in the construction trades, retail salespeople, office workers, and service workers. Workforce housing can be thought of as housing that is affordable to the moderate and middle-income residents of a community.
Workforce Housing Now is a program of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. The campaign began with a group of concerned leaders from our community who agreed that to work in Loudoun should also enable someone to live in Loudoun—because housing is foundational. Yet, locally employed teachers, first responders, hospitality workers, and young professionals cannot find housing here at home.
The lasting effects of COVID-19, current inflation, long-standing issues of racial inequity, coupled with high rents and home prices all intersect with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties’s work to grow community giving by building the common good.
As Grantmakers, we see that where you call home affects you and impacts our community.
Affordable homes are an issue for communities across the U.S. We also see that many communities have become proactive, using tools and innovative systems to help educate, support, and enable solutions that address positive change through zoning, community land trusts, and alternative modes of development. With a 35% increase in population in Loudoun County over the last 10 years, the variety and supply of housing inventory just cannot keep up with the demand.
From government leaders, to businesses and nonprofits, to you and your neighbors, we hope to work together and elevate the conversation, find solutions, and ensure that our community and its homes are some of the best in which to grow up, and grow old. Everyone deserves a place to call home.
Everyone deserves a place to call home. Because Housing is Foundational.
Did You Know?
Loudoun County is a great place for residents to grow up and grow old, but many households spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs making it harder and harder for our neighbors to live here at home.