Park City, Utah is one of these cities. All the way back in 1995, this small resort city adopted its first policies with incentives to build affordable housing. Now, there are 497 affordable housing units available for rent by those who keep the city running, including teachers, police officers and city employees. In the next five years, the city hopes to increase this number to 621.
Park City School District has also implemented a pretty sizable pay raise for teachers: $7,000. This includes $1,200 for housing and $2,500 for continued education. Before this pay raise, Affordable Housing Project Manager Rhoda Stauffer said it was extremely hard to retain teachers .
“The recent units built and the pipeline of future projects being built both by the city and by nonprofits working in the county are helping to address the issue,” she told Livability.
Now the Park City School District boasts the highest starting salary in the state for teachers, but Stauffer believes this can be easily achieved in any district if they simply adopt similar programs.
“One of the things the city does that every employer could do is to offer their employees assistance with housing. It provides a recruitment and retention tool that helps new employees settle in the area as well as employees in housing transitions to re-stabilize.”