Workforce Housing

Income-adjusted rent for Portsmouth's workforce, so you can live in the city you work in.

A New Kind of Housing

Workforce Housing in Portsmouth

Why affordable workforce housing is important for Portsmouth.

Why it's Important
Our Partners and Investors

We couldn't do this alone.  See the partners, investors and supporters who make Ruth Lewin Griffin Place a success.

Investors & Partners
About the Building

A Long Overdue Addition to Portmouth

Become part of the community and experience what it’s like to live, work and play here. Located in the heart of Portsmouth, Ruth’s Place is a few minutes' walk to althletic fields and courts, our beautiful library, waterfront, theaters, music venues and dozens of cafes and restaurants, retail stores and public transportation, so you’ll have immediate access to everything Portsmouth has to offer.

Meet Ruth Griffin

Get to Know Ruth Lewin Griffin

Ruth Lewin Griffin served as a Commissioner on the Board of the Portsmouth Housing Authority from 1978 – 2020, and as Chair of the Board for 18 of those years.  Ruth Griffin moved to Portsmouth at an early age, was educated in Portsmouth public schools and subsequently graduated from the Wentworth Hospital School of Nursing.

More About Ruth

Investors & Partners

Project Team

Developing workforce housing is hard.  To do it, you need a great team, and that's what we had at Ruth Lewin Griffin Place.   

With technical assistance, financing and an allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority led the way.  Along with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Portsmouth based bankProv provided tax credit equity, construction and permanant financing.  

Over 30 local businesses stepped up to invest in the project by purchasing New Hampshire Community Development Tax Credits allocated by the State CDFA.  

The City of Portsmouth invested Capital Improvment Plan funds to provide a safe access, park and pedestrian improvements, and improved infrastructure to this urban campus.

And PHA Development Ltd., in association with the Portsmouth Housing Authority, provided equity investments as well as thousands of hours of staff and volunteer Board time. 

Is Workforce Housing for You?

Find out if you qualify with our simple questionnaire.