Communities depend on vital services provided by their essential workforces. Teachers, firefighters, and police officers are only a few examples of professionals that are hard-pressed to afford homes in the communities they serve. In areas where homeownership continues to be out of reach, nearby affordable housing can improve the viability of a community and its workforce. In an attempt to retain employees, Montgomery County, Maryland is promoting the area’s first workforce housing program designed specifically for moderate-income earners. Montgomery County established its Workforce Housing Program in 2006 to promote the construction of affordable housing for the county’s public employees and other moderate-income workers.