Affordable/Elderly/Workforce Housing | Condominiums | Housing Commissions | Manufactured Housing
Resources and Reading - New Hampshire
- They Made a Comic About Workforce Housing, New Hampshire Town and City, November/December 2012
How can you explain workforce housing to people without losing them halfway through?" asked Anne Duncan Cooley, executive director of the Upper Valley Housing Coalition. Anne has worked for years as a housing advocate and developed many successful education and outreach programs for a broad range of audiences. She is also on the Orford's selectboard and encounters another set of challenges when she is working on municipal matters. "We have to be experts in everything, understand many issues, and clearly communicate the concepts to the public. I would greatly appreciate any help I can get communicating complicated issues to my constituents," she said.
- 2013 Workforce Housing Purchase and Rent Limits, RSA 674:58-61
This is an update to information that the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority provided to the Legislature in 2008 as it deliberated on the Workforce Housing statute. The purpose of this table is to assist municipalities in implementing the NH Workforce Housing statute, RSA 674:58-61. This analysis incorporates statutory requirements, and includes reasonable market assumptions for the targeted households' income levels such as interest rate, downpayment, mortgage term, taxes, and insurance.
- Communities & Consequences
Communities & Consequences is a film about the human ecology of New Hampshire. It addresses the loss of New Hampshire's young people through the human stories of people that are living out the consequences of demographic imbalance. Correspondent Peter Francese travels throughout the state to talk to business owners, town officials, young professionals and active citizens about the causes and effects of a rapidly aging state. The film confronts and questions many long held myths that have heavily influenced local development decisions, including those of explosive population growth, the aging of New Hampshire as simply a natural trend, and the belief that families with children will increase property taxes.
- Municipal Approaches to the Requirement for Workforce Housing
Benjamin Frost, Esq., AICP, Director of Public Affairs, New Hampshire Housing, Presented at the 2008 Local Government Center Law Lecture Series.
- Workforce Housing Law
Text of the New Hampshire Workforce Housing law, Chapter 299 Laws of 2008 (SB 342), with a side-by-side plain language description. (See more resources at the NH Workforce Housing Council Document Center)
- Fair Share Analysis
There is a variety of methodologies available to address the question of fair share. To overcome perceived flaws in traditional methodologies (importantly, that they can induce sprawl), the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority hired Bruce Mayberry to create a new methodology for use by the state's RPCs and municipalities.
- Housing and School Enrollment in New Hampshire: An Expanded View
Prepared by Russ Thibault, President, Applied Economics Research, for NHHFA, May 2005.
- Deconstructing the Myths: Housing Development Versus School Costs
William Ray, NHHFA, as printed in Communities and Banking, Spring 2005.
- Housing New Hampshire's Workforce
Prepared for the NH Workforce Housing Council by Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, P.C., March, 2005.
- Housing Solutions for New Hampshire Handbook
NH Housing Finance Authority (download full file ), October 2004.
- New Hampshire Housing Needs Study
Prepared by Bruce Mayberry, for NHHFA, July 2003.
- Reducing Regulatory Barriers to Workforce Housing in New Hampshire
Report of the Legislative Commission pursuant to Chapter 262, Laws of 2001 (SB 21).
- New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights
- RSA 354-A:15 Housing for Older Persons
- Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3607(b)
- National Center for Healthy Housing
Resources and Reading - National
What does Affordable and Workforce Housing Look Like in New Hampshire?
- Great Bridge Properties creates "high quality housing for low and moderate income families and seniors in housing markets with critical shortages…"
- Pepperidge Woods, Barrington, NH, affordable energy star homes developed by the NH Community Loan Fund.
- CDFA has provided funding through its Community Development Block Grants and Tax Credit Program for numerous Affordable Housing Success Stories.
- The Housing Partnership has developed numerous opportunities to provide "housing for everyone" in New Hampshire's Seacoast area.
- See Current Estimates and Trends in New Hampshire's Housing Supply on the State Data Center Housing and Household Data page.
- Economist touts affordable housing, by Dale Vincent, Union Leader Staff, November 2, 2004
- Experts say middle-income NH workers locked out of housing market, by Norma Love, The Associated Press, November 14, 2005 (appeared in the November 14, 2005, edition of the Union Leader)
- Lebanon eyes more affordable housing, by Kristen Senz, Union Leader Staff, March 22, 2007
- Age-Restricted Housing in New England, By Peter Francese
Forty years ago President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act prohibiting discrimination in housing based on a person's race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status (families with children). Although other federal laws prohibit age discrimination in employment, age discrimination was not addressed in the Fair Housing Act.
Affordable Housing Organizations
- Legal Q & A: Condominiums and Land Use Controls, New Hampshire Town and City, July/August 2011
Condominiums have been around for several decades. By now most people understand that a condominium is not a type of apartment building, but a special system of real property ownership that includes individually owned "units" and areas owned in common by the unit owners ("common areas"). In New Hampshire condominiums are controlled comprehensively by RSA 356-B. Most municipal officials involved in land use control know that condominium developments can be regulated and are at least generally aware that municipalities are obligated to treat condominiums the same as other physically identical development projects. At the same time, there is uncertainty because condominiums do not fit the traditional dimensional criteria for land use controls, which are based on lots of determinate size and shape. Sometimes condominium units include discrete parcels of land, but more often their boundaries are defined by the walls, ceilings and floors of buildings. Frequently the common area is simply all the land, improvements and space that is not devoted to units. Condominium projects, therefore, may or may not include boundaries that are useful for administration of traditional land use controls. Moreover, RSA 356-B establishes some unique standards for application of land use regulations to condominiums.
- When do subdivisions need to be registered with the Attorney General's Office?
Any subdivision of 15 lots or more must register with the Attorney General's office under the Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (RSA 356-A). Condominium development of 11 or more units must also register with the AG under the Condominium Act (RSA 356-B).
- For questions about state approval for condominiums, contact the Attorney General's Office (271-3641) Consumer Protection Bureau and speak with Mary Gould.
- See a Plan-link posting and reply of the applicability of Bussiere v. Roberge relative to the definition of "subdivision" and condominium conveyance.