Edna B. Williams-Foreman received homeownership counseling and down-payment assistance through the University of Chicago's employer-assisted housing program.
An Investment That Pays Many Times Over
Employer-assisted housing (EAH) is a generic term to describe any number of ways employers are investing in homes for the local workforce. By assisting employees to buy or rent homes close to work or transit, employers help reduce the long commutes that contribute to employee stress and fatigue, traffic congestion, U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and regional air pollution. Today’s unstable and unaffordable housing markets, as well as neighborhoods and families devastated by foreclosures, can further undermine worker productivity. In Illinois, thanks to a number of public incentives and nonprofit partners, participating companies find EAH to be a cost-effective and hassle-free way to improve workforce retention, recruitment and morale.
In addition to advancing policy recommendations to strengthen employer-assisted housing initiatives, MPC plays a hands-on role in EAH by working with employers and communities to design and implement customized EAH programs. MPC’s EAH initiative also is linked to northeastern Illinois' Commute Options pilot, through which numerous public and private partners are working together to help employers offer workers a range of transportation choices (including EAH), so they don’t have to drive solo to and from work.
Eligible employees participating in their employers' EAH programs may be able to take advantage of the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Smart Moves First-time Homebuyer Program, to access additional funds for downpayment assistance.
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