In November 2001 over 200 business, municipal, and civic leaders attended a Workforce Housing Summit which addressed the scarcity of available housing, both to rent and to purchase. A primary focus was housing classified as affordable for the general workforce, which are households earning up to $75,000 per year. The Upper Valley Housing Needs Analysis indicated that if nothing changed, the current 3,000 housing unit shortage would triple by the end of the decade. With this problem in mind, in this same year a variety of local employers, faith community members, and non-profit organizations decided to form the Upper Valley Housing Coalition (UVHC) to advocate for systemic change, and create an environment favorable to the development of "workforce housing" near jobs. Today our mission remains the same: to advocate for workforce housing in Upper Valley communities.


After its formation the UVHC attracted over 200 volunteers from every sector of the region and in November 2003 the Coalition was formally incorporated as a New Hampshire Non-Profit Corporation with a governing Board and By-laws. From 2003 through 2009 UVHC was housed with Vital Communities, a 501c3 non-profit based in White River Junction, Vermont which also served as a fiscal sponsor. Anne Duncan Cooley joined the organization as its second Executive Director in May 2004. In August 2010 UVHC received its exemption from income tax under section 501c3.