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Facts About Housing In Our Community

Our evidence-based facts provide a snapshot of workforce housing needs and why housing matters in our community.



Why Workforce Housing Matters

We all benefit when there are housing options on the island.

Stable housing serves as a platform for individual & family well-being.

  • Children move less often and do better in school.
  • Adults and children experience better physical and mental health outcomes.
  • Families are more likely to achieve upward mobility and economic self-sufficiency.

Source: National Housing Conference - https://www.nhc.org/publication-category/research/

A mix of housing types & affordability is the basis for inclusive & diverse communities.

  • Housing options offer equitable opportunities for access to opportunities and services.
  • Communities can be places in which everyone can prosper and contribute.
  • Children who grew up here can make their home here as an adult.

Source: Poverty & Race Research Action Council - https://prrac.org/prrac-publications-prrac-authors/

Housing supports vibrant & sustainable local economic development.

  • People have the option to live near their work.
  • Shorter commutes make it easier to attract and retain workers, and reduce traffic for everyone.
  • Workforce housing supports jobs in key sectors that serve residents and visitors alike.

Source: Housing Underproduction the U.S. ECONorthwest - https://www.upforgrowth.org/research




Hilton Head Island Workforce Housing

Housing for the Hilton Head Island workforce is critical
for maintaining the Island's high quality of life.

Key Workers cannot afford housing here.

Key Workers GraphicJobs Pie Chart Graphic


More workers are driving accross the bridge each day.

3 out of 5 workers on Hilton Head Island do not live on the Island.

2005, 2010, 2015 workers driving comparison image


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For more information about our Workforce Housing Project, contact:

Jennifer Ray
Planning & Special Projects Manager
843-341-4665
jenniferr@hiltonheadislandsc.gov