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Workforce Housing

 

Workforce Housing has become one of my top priorities, so I’d like to clarify a couple of things regarding workforce housing.  City Council authorized city staff to request from the Economic Improvement Corporation (4B funds) funds to conduct a land survey to determine a marketable concept plan for mixed use of commercial, industrial, and workforce-oriented housing to meet the community’s housing needs / job expansion goals at the city owned 88 acre tract of land on Peterson Farm Road.  The potential spending of tax dollars necessitates the need to do our due diligence in ensuring that this is a feasible and pragmatic project for our community.  A land survey is a necessary and responsible first step in this process.

Workforce housing is not subsidized low-income housing.  Most housing authorities define workforce housing as homes aimed at households earning from 60 percent to 120 percent of the area's median income (AMI).  In contrast, the term affordable housing is generally used for households whose income is less than 60 percent of AMI.  Workforce housing can refer to any form of housing, including ownership of single or multi-family homes, as well as occupation of rental units. Workforce housing is generally understood to mean affordable housing for households with earned income that is insufficient to secure quality housing in reasonable proximity to the workplace.

With the creation of 650 new jobs and the potential of that number increasing to around 1,000 in the next couple of years, we need housing for these new workers and their families.  These jobs are being created by companies such as James Avery, Mooney, and the Fox Tanks.  When these types of jobs are created, homes in their price range are needed as well to support them. 

The term ‘workforce housing’ typically sparks images of those who are overqualified for affordable housing yet can’t afford the average market-rate home.  From preserving quality of life and reducing traffic congestion to improving emergency response times, it is important for people to be able to live near where they work.  S

These jobs have been created and these people need places to live.  Now, I’m not saying that 100% of these new jobs created will be coming from out of Kerrville, because some will not.  But many of them will be relocating or driving in to Kerrville and many of them may have a spouse and children as well. 

This new workforce will be spending money in Kerrville and will be spending more if they live here.  Everyday spending such as groceries, gas, eating out, entertainment such as going to the movies, doctor visits, and services like getting a haircut all factor into our local economy.  Keeping the dollars local means that more money stays in Kerrville and we can all benefit from that.