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Workforce Housing

Workforce Housing Task Force:

Below are actions and events that move us toward our goal of increased affordable workforce housing in the greater Fox Valley.  This task force's goal is to ensure that the Fox Valley has enough housing within the reach of working families.  The concept for workforce housing is simple: If you work in a community, you should be able to afford to live in that community.  Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kathy Groat.

Film Screening: The Invisible Class

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - 6:00pm
First Congregational Church, 137 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Casa Esther Catholic Worker, ESTHER, Trinity Episcopal Church Oshkosh, and
First Congregational Church Oshkosh present
a screening of The Invisible Class.

The Invisible Class - Documentary FilmThis powerful film is about homelessness all across America, its criminalization and the devastating impacts of the loss of affordable housing. Mass homelessness in the United States didn’t always exist, so how did we get to where we are today?

The screening is free and open to the public. Cash and material donations will be collected (see more below).

Doors open at 5:30.

Talkback and refreshments to follow.

Challenges of Finding Affordable Housing

The apartment with the bathroom sink in the hallway and the refrigerator in the living room was the final straw. My Dad said, "The rent and deposit are equal to a down payment on a house and the mortgage payments will be cheaper, too." And so we went looking for a house under $40,000.

My husband and I were both young and strong. We had experience with demolition, hard work and we had a friend who was a house inspector. We should have had an easy time.

There was the one with a basement wall on crutches. The one less than five feet from the railroad tracks. The one where a heavy smoker had left the walls brown and sticky.

We persisted. The realtor said, "This one has a note that the garage needs to be knocked down." We got there before the realtor. We said, “We can get that down in minutes."

She sighed, "That's the house."

At the next one I said, "How did that motorcycle get on a second floor balcony?"

Her reply? "The police were supposed to evict them."

When we found one that only needed a new roof and furnace, we thought it was perfect. A one and half bedroom house with five rooms. And when we talked to the neighbors we found that it had been rented to a family of six and the landlord kicked them out because he wanted to sell.

The three of us would be living there now except for the house that came up for auction when I was pregnant, which we grabbed while we could.

Joyce Frohn

Member of the Oshkosh ESTHER Task Force

ESTHER receives grant to focus on Workforce Housing

Story title: Foreclosed and vacant homes to get new life



ESTHER may be able to help you purchase the right home for your family at an affordable monthly price. You could take advantage of this program to buy a home for your family at a price you can afford.

Attend this informational session:
Date:   Monday, July 13
Time:  6:30 PM
Location: First English Lutheran Church, 326 East North Street, Appleton

Click here for a flyer for the up-coming event.

Video: Workforce Housing in the Fox Valley - by ESTHER

This video describes workforce housing and the need for additional affordable homes for working families in the Fox Valley. Production was made possible through ESTHER, the Fox Cities Housing Coalition, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and Veridian Development.

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