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Workforce Housing Program



The Darcy          Westside at Shady Grove Metro

          Flats at Bethesda Avenue



Workforce Housing is intended to be affordable to households with incomes that are too high to be eligible to participate in the Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) Program.  

The goals of the Workforce Housing program are to:

  • Promote the construction of housing that will be affordable to households with incomes at or below 120% of the area-wide median;
  • Allow households with incomes at or below 120% of the area-wide median income to have greater housing choices in the County;
  • Increase the availability of housing in the County for public employees and other workers whose income cannot support the high cost of housing that is located close to their workplace;
  • Assist  County employers in reducing critical labor shortages of skilled and semi- skilled workers by providing housing that will be accessible to the worker’s workplaces; and
  • Reduce traffic congestion by shortening commute distances for employees who work in the County but who otherwise would live elsewhere and encouraging more employees to live in Metro Station Policy Areas.

Workforce Housing Restrictions

Homes that are purchased through the WFH program have certain controls designed to keep the homes affordable.  New and resale homes have a 20-year Control Period, except as otherwise described in the Reselling a WFH Home section below.  These controls are enforced by restrictive covenants placed on the property that state:

During the Control Period, the owners must occupy the home as their primary residence.  The home may not be rented out.  If you can no longer live in the WFH home due to employment or other reasons, you must sell the home to another WFH household.

During the Control Period, the owner must not refinance the home for more than the controlled resale price established by DHCA (owners are prohibited from refinancing the property based on the market value of the property).  The refinancing must not result in reducing the owner’s equity below $10,000.

During the Control Period, the owner can sell the WFH home for no more than the DHCA-established controlled resale price through the WFH program to an approved WFH program participant.

If a WFH home is sold during the Control Period, a new 20-year Control Period will start from the date of the resale.  Once the WFH homes have been sold by the developer, the agency responsible for enforcing and administering the program’s long-term rules and regulations is DHCA.  

When the property is sold after the 20-year Control Period, the owner must pay half of the excess proceeds to the County’s Housing Initiative Fund.  After the Control Period expires, owners are strongly encouraged to contact DHCA prior to refinancing their WFH home.  Refinancing does not relieve the owner from the requirement to pay half of the excess proceeds to the County’s Housing Initiative Fund upon sale; therefore, it is important NOT to refinance for the full market value even after the expiration of the Control Period.  

Workforce Housing Income Limits

Your household income must be within the following ranges (by household size):

Household Size, Minimum Income and Maximum Income
Household Size Minimum Income Maximum Income
1 $57,500 $98,500
2 $65,500 $112,500
3 $74000 $126,500
4 $82,000 $140,500
5 $88,500 $152,000
6 $95,000 $163,000

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For more information and how to apply, please click on the development logo above.

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