Dare County’s poll of business community on worker housing needs closes Friday

Employers and business owners have one week left to submit their responses to the Dare County Housing Needs survey. The 14-question survey, which is the result of a partnership between Dare County and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, closes on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

Earlier this year, Dare County partnered with the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), a program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government, to develop a survey seeking input from local business owners and employers regarding their employees’ housing needs and to help identify the most significant challenges associated with the shortage of housing options within the county.

Dare County employers and business owners are asked to provide information on a wide array of employee housing issues, including the 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; and what business owners believe to be the biggest obstacles to potential employees securing housing within Dare County.

Participants’ responses to the survey 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.

Dare County’s partnership with 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.

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