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Survey Seeks Input On Employee Housing

Dare County business owners and employers are being asked to complete a survey regarding their employees’ housing needs and to identify the most significant challenges associated with the shortage of housing options within the county

Dare County and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have partnered to develop the 14-question housing survey that asks employers to provide information on a range of employee housing issues.

To access the Dare County Housing Needs survey and submit responses, visit darenc.com/EmployerHousingSurvey.

Participants’ responses are confidential and will be used to inform Dare County officials of the type and scale of housing that is needed in order to better support the local Outer Banks economy.

Questions include the following:

  • length of an employee’s one-way commute from their residence to their place of employment.
  • whether employers have difficulty attracting and/or retaining employees due to a lack of housing.
  • which types of employees are most often in need of housing.
  • whether employers have offered employment to prospective employees only to have them decline the offer due to difficulty finding housing.
  • whether business owners have had to adjust their hours as a result of a limited workforce.
  • what business owners believe to be the biggest obstacles to potential employees securing housing within Dare County.

Dare County and the Development Finance Initiative, or DFI, a program at the UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government formed a partnership to develop the survey. DFI works with local governments to to attract private investment for real estate development projects and then recruits highly qualified private developers to bring the project from conception to completion.

Dare County’s partnership with the DFI aims to assess the demand for additional housing options in the county and to identify opportunities for new real estate developments that will better serve the community, according to the county.

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