What is the Workforce Housing Program?

The Workforce Housing Program (WHP), established in the County's Comprehensive Plan, is intended to increase housing opportunities for persons employed in Palm Beach County jobs that help keep the community viable. The WHP applies to all developments with a residential component of 10 or more units in the Urban/Suburban Tier of the unincorporated County, and in other areas where required by a project's conditions of approval. The code governing the Workforce Housing Program can be viewed here (Article 5, Chapter G, Section 1), and additional information is available through the links below.

Information for the Consumer of Workforce Housing

Workforce Housing units are provided as either for-sale units or rentals, and generally target households having 60% to 140% of Area Median Income ($75,400 in 2019)

For Sale WHP Units:

  • The County's Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability (HES) assists prospective WHP unit purchasers in determining elgibility and other steps in the process. Information including locations of projects with units available, possible down payment assistance, schedule of required program orientations, contact information, and general program guidelines, can be found here.
  • 2019 WHP Unit Sales Prices:
​ ​ ​WHP Income Category (Based on AMI) ​ ​Sales Price
​Low ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​60% - 80% ​ ​ ​ ​​$45,240 - $60,320 ​​$158,340
​Mod1 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​>80% - 100% ​ ​ ​ ​​>$60,320 - $75,400 ​​$203,580
Mod 2 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​>100% - 120% ​ ​ ​ ​​>$75,400 - $90,480 ​​$248,820
Middle* ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​>120% - 140% ​ ​ ​ ​​>$90,480 - $105,560 ​​$294,060

 *Does not apply to WHP units in projects approved under WHP Code adopted 8/22/2019         

  • WHP for-sale units must be sold only to income-qualified households, at designated prices, for a period of 15 years, recurring if resold during the 15 year period.

Rental WHP Units:

  • A list of projects with WHP rental units is found here. Please contact the projects directly to determine if any units are available at the present time, and to determine eligiblity. The rental unit's owner or management company handles the determination of a prospective tenant's income category and eligiblity.
  • Rental WHP units remain restricted for a period of 30 years.

Rental Prices for projects approved under the Workforce Housing code adopted November 21, 2006, including:

  • Palazzo at Casa Brera Apartments, Lake Worth
  • Wellington Club Apartments, Lake Worth
  • Elysium at Osprey Oaks Apartments, Lake Worth
  • Atlantico at Tuscany, Delray Beach
  • Blu Atlantic Apartment Homes, Delray Beach
  • Oasis Apartments, Delray Beach
  • 10X Living at Delray, Delray Beach
​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Income Category ​ ​1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Low60% to 80%$45,240 – 60,320$   941 - 1,255$1,129 - 1,506$1,304 - 1,739$1,455 - 1,940
Mod 1>80%  to 100%$60,320 - $75,400$1,255 - 1,569$1,506 - 1,883$1,739 - 2,174$1,940 - 2,425
Mod 2>100% to 120%$75,400 – 90,480$1,569 - 1,882$1,883 - 2,259$2,174 - 2,608$2,425 - 2,910
Middle>120% to 140%$90,480 – 105,560$1,882 - 2,196$2,259 - 2,635$2,608 - 3,043$2,910 - 3,395

 

Rental Prices for projects approved under the Workforce Housing code adopted August 22, 2019 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Income Category ​ ​1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BR
Low ​60% to 70%$45,240 – 52,780$941 - 1,098$1,129 - 1,318$1,304 - 1,522$1,455 - 1,698
>70% to 80% >$52,780 - 60,320$1,098 - 1,255$1,318 - 1,506$1,522 - 1,739$1,698 - 1,940
Mod 1 ​>80% to 90%>$60,320 – 67,860$1,255 - 1,412$1,506 - 1,695$1,739 - 1,957$1,940 - 2,183
>90% to 100%>$67,860 - 75,400$1,412 - 1,569$1,695 - 1,883$1,957 - 2,174$2,183 - 2,425
Mod 2 ​>100% to 110%>$75,400 – 82,940 $1,569 - 1,726$1,883 - 2,071$2,174 - 2,391$2,425 - 2,668
>110% to 120%>$82,940 - 90,480$1,726 - 1,882$2,071 - 2,259$2,391 - 2,608$2,668 - 2,910
Middle ​>120% to 130%>$90,480 – 98,020$1,882 - 2,039$2,259 - 2,447$2,608 - 2,826$2,910 - 3,153
>130% to 140%>$98,021 - 105,560$2,039 - 2,196$2,447 - 2,635$2,826 - 3,043$3,153 - 3,395

 

Information for Residential Developers

The WHP has a mandatory component, requiring a percentage of units to be provided as workforce units, and an optional component that allows for a density bonus in exchange for a portion of the additional units being restricted as workforce units. Restricted units must be rented or sold only to income-qualified households, at designated prices, and remain restricted for an affordability period of 30 years for rentals, and 15 years for for-sale units, recurring if resold during the 15 year period.

The program offers several options and incentives. Depending on the options selected, the units generally target households having 60% to 140% of Area Median Income ($75,400 in 2019). The program regulations are found in Article 5, Chapter G, Section 1 of the Unified Land Development Code. Additional information is available through the following links: