Regional Housing Needs
Regional Housing Needs
The purpose of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment and Fair Housing Equity Assessment is to provide current, regional, and local data on housing needs. This assessment is a highly anticipated review of the current housing trends and needs and will identify future housing needs and opportunities. One goal of the assessment is to provide a foundation of housing trends for communities to begin addressing housing barriers and opportunities. The development of this 2022 assessment is being completed in collaboration with the nine NH Regional Planning Commissions through a statewide effort, initiated by the Council on Housing Stability 2021-2024 Strategic Plan that was initiated by Governor Sununu.
Thank you to the 329 community participants and 197 employers who took the time to complete our Housing Surveys as part of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment! The surveys are now closed, and RPC staff have analyzed the results and identified key themes. The stories and input received will be incorporated into the final report.
The summarized survey results and findings can be found in the Summary reports linked below:
If you have additional comments or input that you would like to be captured in our Regional Housing Needs Assessment work, please contact [email protected].
Understanding Housing Challenges in the Region
Housing has been a challenge for many households in New Hampshire for years. The New Hampshire Housing Study prepared by the New Hampshire Housing Commission in 1977 discussed “overpayment” (paying over 25% of a household’s income towards housing) as a housing problem. While much has changed since 1977, in recent years, the housing crisis has been exacerbated due to low inventory, high demand, increasing construction costs, and a shortage of labor and construction materials. Housing has become the center of a statewide conversation. Availability of affordable workforce housing directly impacts economic growth and a region’s ability to attract and retain workers and young families that contribute to the local economy and vibrancy of communities.
Start Date: September 2021
End Date: December 2022
Funding: American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Assistance
Sarah Tatarczuk Regional Planner
Tim Roache Executive Director
Jenn Rowden Land Use Manager
Robert Pruyne GIS Manager