New J1 housing unit to be ready for Summer 2022 in Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md. – Leaders from the Ocean City Town Council, Community Development Network of Maryland, and Ocean City Development Corporation announced Wednesday the completion of construction on a new housing unit in Ocean City specifically to be used for housing for seasonal J1 workers.

The 54 bed unit on 104 Dorchester street was completed as part of a partnership between OCDC, Beachurst LLC, and the AICP to help Ocean City with the shortage of housing for seasonal laborers that are necessary for local businesses in the area.

AICP President Glenn Irwin spoke during the press conference and said while the house has yet to get approval to begin licensing the space out to companies, he expects a big rush for the limited space as all businesses in the area seek to get some J1 workers to use the space as they look to summer 2022.

“I would not be surprised probably in the next couple of weeks the would have someone lined up for next summer based upon such high demand that this housing people are thinking about next summer with this summer being just finished,” he said.

Kasey Simon of Sponsor organization United Work and Travel said the best way for businesses to make sure their j1s will be approved, and able to use some of the space in the building is to have restaurants reach out directly to the town, to ensure that the extra space can as many businesses as possible.

Irwin said the town is also looking into making the building easier to reach for those coming from the airport, including more flexible move-in hours for the J1 workers.

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