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As the economy recovers, housing prices and rents are likely to again rise faster than incomes. The shortage of middle-income affordable workforce housing close to jobs will likely re-emerge. When we add commuting transportation costs to housing costs, this shortage will again become a barrier to attracting and retaining desirable employees – including first responders – and will stand in the way of needed economic development. One solution involves the production of employer-assisted housing on ground leases.