EMPLOYERS & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Employers all across the region are struggling to find and hire the workers they need - often because those would-be workers can’t find housing. While many employers aren’t in a position to buy or build the housing their employees need, they can still support housing initiatives in many other ways - as advocates, investors, and partners in development.

 

Advocate

Employers make powerful advocates at the local level and beyond. Click here for information on how to endorse the campaign, sign up for updates, share housing stories, and connect with local governments and groups.

 

Learn More

Understanding housing needs and solutions is an important first step in moving the region forward. You can get informed by attending local meetings and presentation, or browsing the studies, plans and other documents available on this website. Click here for more resources and fill out the Get Involved form below to sign up for information on presentations and meetings.

Make Your Community Housing Ready

Is your community ready for development? Or does it need to update its zoning ordinance before builders can provide the type of housing your community needs? Employers and community organizations can encourage their communities to become "Housing Ready" by completing the Housing Ready Checklist. More information is available here.

 
GET INVOLVED
I MAY BE WILLING TO PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT AT LOCAL MEETINGS.
I'D LIKE TO ENDORSE THE CAMPAIGN.
I'D LIKE TO RECEIVE HOUSING NORTH & HOMES FOR OUR FUTURE INFORMATION AND UPDATES.

HOUSING NORTH

STAFF & BOARD

Yarrow Brown, Executive Director

Yarrow@housingnorth.org

 

Sarah Lucas 

sarah@housingnorth.org

Steve Schnell, Housing Ready Program Director, Charlevoix County

steve@housingnorth.org

 

Lissette Reyes, Community Communications Coordinator

Info@housingnorth.org

Kelly Smith

Baker College, Cadillac

Tony Lentych 

Traverse City 
Housing Commission

 

Caroline Kennedy 

Village of Elk Rapids

 

Josh Mills

City of Frankfort

 

Steve Parsons 

Little River Band of 
Ottawa Indians

Precia Garland

Missaukee County 
Administrator

 

Carlin Smith 

Community Affairs Manager,

Northern Michigan

Consumers Energy

 

Sarah Hagen

President, Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce 

Sharon Oriel

Leelanau County Housing Action Committee

Annie Olds

Small Business Development Center Regional Director

Kalkaska County

 

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