"We can't find enough people to fill our jobs": The Mill Townhomes to provide crucial affordable homes in Staples
- Created: Thursday, 06 December 2018 10:44
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
Rendering of The Mill Townhomes by Blumentals/Architecture, Inc.
It takes dozens of dedicated people to make sure we have quality healthcare — from environmental services employees ensuring we don’t get an infection after surgery to nursing assistants who provide exceptional care, to receptionists who greet us with a smile at the front desk (despite our runny noses).
But Lakewood Health CEO Tim Rice says he’s struggling to fill key positions like these because potential employees can’t find an affordable place to live in Staples — and that’s slowing the growth of the health system.
“With lower unemployment, we used to have 20-30 people apply for a job,” Rice says. “Now, it’s almost nil. We can’t find enough people to fill our jobs. Anytime you have a gap like this in the community, it has an impact. Appropriate housing options — from rental opportunities to homeownership — are crucial for success.”