Cape Charles and Northampton County are facing an expanding gap between how much workers earn and how much they have to pay for housing.
The U.S. has a shortage of 7 million rental homes affordable and available to workers such as teachers, and town and county employees. The pinch has been happening for years, but we are finally starting to see developers willing to take on the problem.
A great example is the Kiptopeke Inn. Formally a hotel, it is being retrofitted for affordable housing by Community Investment Group.
The apartments are fully furnished studios, approximately 350 square feet. They come with full kitchens, as well as a washer and dryer. They will be renting for $1100 per month, which is right in the range for many workers.
We do not have information on availability or the application process, but that should be coming soon. The tentative word is they should be available in late September.
All Photos by Karen Zamorski.