Explore methods of encouraging public/private partnerships to develop workforce housing.
With limited governmental financial resources in place to address workforce housing needs, efforts should be made to encourage public/private partnerships for its development.
This effort should encompass all areas of employment inclusive of the public, private, and agricultural sectors. Consideration should be given to use of vacant or underutilized properties in government ownership. Advocacy and collaboration on the part of the Chester County Planning Commission, Chester County Department of Community Development, Chester County Economic Development Council, homebuilder associations, developers, and housing advocates is essential to advance development of workforce housing, and could include sharing of housing cost information and cooperation on housing development opportunities and employer assisted housing. These partners could also work together to implement new funding, regulatory, and organizational ways to advance construction of workforce housing.