Workforce housing is housing for the occupations needed in every community, including teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and many other critical workers. The families in need of workforce housing do not fall neatly into a single narrow income category. Employees in some industries (for example, retail sales, food service, and tourism) are more likely to be in lower income ranges. Seasoned workforce jobs with education or training requirements, such as teachers, police officers, nurses, etc., may fall into the middle-income brackets, but still find it difficult to afford homes in the community where they work.
For instance, in the Oklahoma City region, the median annual wage for restaurant cooks is $24,790, for elementary school teachers is $45,810, and for registered nurses is $65,680.