The need for workforce housing continues to grow nationwide, in urban, rural and even suburban markets.  It is critical for people to have the option to live near where they work, particularly those workers who are most essential to the local economy. Vital employees include teachers, emergency service workers, nurses and retail clerks, many of whom find that most existing and newly constructed housing is simply priced beyond their reach. Especially in urban cores and near employment centers, land and development costs are very high, thereby forcing people to live further away from jobs and significantly increasing their commuting times and costs. When people can afford to live closer to their jobs, entire communities reap the benefits.  For more on the subject check this article out “Why Every City Needs Workforce Housing.”