Housing is an important concept to consider when planning for the future of the Strafford Region. The main planning document that analyzes housing in the region through a qualitative and quantitative approach is the Strafford Regional Housing Needs Assessment. This document has a required update every five years. The last completed Housing Needs Assessment in the Strafford Region was completed in 2009 with a recent update to occur as part of Local Solutions for the Strafford Region, Strafford RPC's Regional Master Plan. The RSA that states that Regional Planning Commissions are resposible for compiling a Housing Needs assessment is RSA 36:47.
A Fair Housing and Equity Assessment is another guiding document that was drafted as part of Local Solutions for the Strafford Region. This document seeks to illustrate a regional picture of both opportunity and equity in access to affordable or fair housing. Five components that are included in this analysis are the identification and assessment of:
1. Segregated Areas and Areas of Increasing Diversity and/or Racial/Ethnic Integration
2. Racially Concentrated Areas of Poverty
3. Access to Existing Areas of High Opportunities
4. Major Public Investment
5. Fair Housing Issues, Services, and Activities
Strafford Regional Planning Commission also works to stay informed of the projects that statewide and regional housing organizations and nonprofits are working on. Some of these organizations include the NH Housing and Finance Authority (NHHFA), and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast among others.
Download: SRPC Housing Assessment; PDF 6.5 MB 22pg; Dec 2009
The purpose of the regional housing needs assessment is to evaluate supply, demand, cost and affordability of housing within the Strafford Regional Planning Commission boundaries and to project the regional need for housing for all ages and income levels
Download: Regional Housing Needs Assessment: Toward Housing; PDF 238kb, 22pg; 10/30/2008
Download: NHHFA - NH Housing Needs Study; PDF 1MB 37pg;
Download: Affordable Housing Covenant; PDF 1mb 26pg;
Download: Pursuit to Permanent Affordable Housing ; PDF 476 kb, 13 pages;
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