Sinclair Way in Frederick, MD
Affordable housing can mean different things to each individual. Why do individuals look into affordable housing? Why do they choose a specific area to look for housing? The reasons and benefits are endless, however there is one common thread. That common thread is the ability to ‘Live Where You Work’.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the average travel time nationwide is 24.3 minutes to work. In Maryland, the average is slightly higher at 29.1 minutes. Approximately 30 minutes or less to work doesn’t sound that bad right? What if you could get even closer? Living where you work would help benefit your personal and professional life. In addition, it would help save these households money on travel, gas, car expenses, etc.
In Frederick County there are many individuals who are unable to afford a house on their current incomes, let alone additional travel costs. There are many households that earn between $25-50,000 a year which is not nearly enough to afford housing in the county that they currently work, found work, or have lived their entire lives. Households earning between $25K and $50K may include the following:
• A nurse in the first three years of his or her career with a child and spouse that works part time as a cashier
• A teacher, firemen or police officer in the first few years of his or her career
• A recent college graduate working at a local bank
• A retired couple living on their combined Social Security payments
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Nurses, teachers, firemen, and police officers are valuable careers that benefit each and every individual within the Frederick County community. The individuals are in need of affordable housing opportunities so they can live where they work. The ability to live where you work allows these individuals the ability to contribute to the community, stay late at work, provide additional study hours for children after school, be available for emergencies and much more. Could you imagine if these individuals lived so far away that the additional benefits these individuals typically provide were not available due to their travel time and personal obligations outside of the office?
Bottom line is affordable housing benefits everyone. The ability to ‘Live Where You Work’ benefits the individuals who need it and those who will feel their contributions to society.
Here at IHA we are determined to continue bringing affordable housing to the Frederick Community. Sinclair Way located in downtown Frederick, MD will soon be leasing which will provide numerous housing opportunities to those in need of affordable housing.