The Housing North Communications Toolkit is intended to help advocates and leaders build consistent messages around housing in public dialogues, and include memorable data points, clear messages about solutions, and context for how housing impacts our shared values. The guide includes messaging guidance developed on behalf of Housing North by Avenue ISR in 2019 and based on research from the Frameworks Institute, along with data and information about housing needs and solutions from a broad range of sources.
2020 NORTHWEST MICHIGAN HOUSING SUMMIT PRESENTATIONS
The 6th Annual Northwest Michigan Housing Summit was held from October 20 - 22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic repercussions, the event was held virtually for the first time ever. During the summit, we were able to provide information from regional experts about emerging housing solutions for businesses, developers, communities, funders, and housing agencies.
The event focused on the "Missing Middle", featuring keynote speakers like Dan Parolek, author of the book "Missing Middle Housing" and Michael Brown of Burlington Associates in Community Development. Information on the state of the region's housing, Housing Demand Post Covid-19, and more was discussed during the event. If you were unable to attend the event or would like to access the presentations shared by the speakers, please see below:
Housing North, Networks Northwest, and local housing networks regularly present information and data on housing needs and solutions to a wide range of audiences. Those presentations will be made available below and on the local housing network pages.
WEBINAR RESOURCES: ONLY HOMES WILL END HOMELESSNESS
Ashley Halladay-Schmandt from the Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness shared with us the insights and work of their organization to end homelessness, we also discussed how can we work together to get these homes and work with housing partners. See below the recording and presentation of this webinar.
WEBINAR RESOURCES: CREATING A HOUSING CONSERVANCY TOOLBOX: A HOUSING ROUND-TABLE
On July 9th, 2020 we hosted the Housing North Housing Conservancy Toolbox webinar in collaboration with Jane MacKenzie from Northern Homes CDC. In this session, we discussed Housing North's new deed restriction pilot program, learned more about Community Land Trusts
and how Conservancy Tools can help the region meet its housing goals. See the presentation of the webinar below.
WEBINAR RESOURCES: LOCAL HOUSING FUNDS IN MICHIGAN
On May 13, 2020 we hosted a webinar with Stephanie Mcgreevy from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation and Ryan Kilpatrick from Housing Next to discuss how to leverage funds for housing development and learn more about initiatives that had worked in their communities to start housing projects. To access the recording of the webinar, please click here.
WEBINAR RESOURCES: HOUSING NORTH POLICY UPDATES AND INITIATIVES
On June 8, 2020 we hosted the Housing North Policy Updates webinar in collaboration with Kent Woods from Borealis Strategic LLC to discuss how Pre- and post-pandemic, Housing North has been working with legislators and partners statewide to create new housing tools and solutions.
This report by the Enterprise Community Foundation and the Frameworks Institute identifies the challenges in housing communications and new research about which messages work, and how to use communications to expand the public discourse on housing issues.
The Citizens' Housing and Planning Association and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership developed guidance as part of a statewide initiative to support local officials and volunteers in their efforts to provide more affordable housing opportunities in their communities. It includes strategies and best practices for the creation and preservation of affordable housing—including tools and resources for building local support and improving communications.