The Workforce Housing Program provides for the development of workforce housing units in all new residential developments in unincorporated Palm Beach County. The program is intended to serve the housing needs of people employed in the jobs that the general population of the community relies upon to make the community economically viable. For developers, this is a voluntary program that grants additional density in order to construct a percentage of housing units within a development for lower income households. However, while this program has been administered on a voluntary basis, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) passed an interim policy for the provision of attainable housing on March 21, 2006, that requires all new residential projects that consist of 10 units or more submitted on or after April 5, 2006 to either implement the current voluntary workforce housing program or comply with the guidelines of the new Mandatory Workforce Housing/Inclusionary Zoning Program in accordance with the following: standard density providing 7% workforce housing, PUD density providing 25% workforce housing, and, if requested, up to a 30% bonus density for providing 50% workforce housing.
For Developers: If you are interested in the program, please download the current application to the Workforce Housing Program.
If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Planning, Zoning and Building at (561) 233-5000. Additionally, please download and complete the Criteria Checklist for Affordable Housing Inquiries. Information on the form is needed to answer questions in regard to the program.