The shortage of affordable workforce housing in rural Wisconsin poses far-reaching challenges. Access to safe, affordable shelter is fundamental to the sustainability of our communities because housing provides a foundation for public health, economic well-being and environmental stewardship. If Wisconsin is to thrive, rural communities require effective tools and support to develop affordable workforce housing. WHEDA’s rural affordable workforce housing initiative represents an effort to address these challenges. The initiative totals $10 million and includes a workforce housing pilot effort in three rural communities as well as supplemental financing tools.
While the supplemental financing tools tackle technical gaps in existing programs, the rural, affordable workforce housing pilot establishes an adaptive framework to identify needs, evaluate choices and implement solutions. To succeed, the initiative requires the support and participation of many partners.
Potential for policy changes to address local priorities
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is offering grants to support the development of new and existing cooperatives in Wisconsin, with a goal of fostering the success of current and future cooperatives by supporting planning and exploratory research in advance of making a large investment.
Health & Mental Health,Sustainability,Workforce
WI Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH)
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
The Bureau promotes public health through statewide programs to increase public awareness of environmental and occupational health hazards and disease and works to prevent and control exposure to environmental and occupational health hazards.
EPA Envirofacts Database
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Envirofacts provides users an assessment of their environment using their ZIP code.
Office of Rural Prosperity
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
WEDC @ The Hub
2352 S. Park St., Suite 303
Madison, WI 53713