Populations We ServeCASA Workforce Housing Model
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an individual earning minimum wage needs to work 85 hours a week to rent the average two bedroom apartment in North Carolina.
What does that mean? It means that many of the individuals we depend on to keep our economy and lives running – school bus drivers, fast food workers, and home health care professionals, for example – are living in substandard or cost-burdened housing. A single paycheck is all that stands between many working families and homelessness.
Investing in Working Individuals and Families with Workforce Housing
At CASA, tenants spend 30% of their income on housing. Once they move into a home they can afford, CASA households no longer have to make difficult decisions about whether or buy medicine or groceries or to pay rent. CASA’s experienced staff works with tenants if they experience a change in their income or ability to work.
Individuals living in CASA’s Workforce Housing units are able to purchase healthy food, access reliable transportation, save for emergencies, and invest in the future. They also have the opportunity to renew their lease year after year, so they can put down roots, keep kids enrolled in the same school, and participate as integral members of their communities.
CASA accepts the housing subsidies that some of our low-income neighbors have been awarded, keeping a valuable affordable housing resource in our community and ensuring that families with vouchers have safe housing options near transportation, health care, and employment opportunities.
CASA currently manages 153 Workforce Housing units (about a third of our total portfolio). With your support we’ll continue to grow so we can house more of our working neighbors in need.