UNDERSTANDING THE NEED

INCOME LIMITS

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority sets income and rent guidance annually for each county in Michigan.

MSHDA'S EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

The Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19 in their homes. The program utilizes a special court process to get fast rental assistance for renters who have been impacted. To learn more, click here or visit EDP's website. 

COVID-19 ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS ON NORTHWEST MICHIGAN

Authored by 4th Economic and Networks Northwest, this report analyses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our region. 

COVID-19 Analysis of the Economic Impacts on Northwest Michigan

NORTHERN MICHIGAN TARGET MARKET ANALYSIS

This market study, conducted by market analyst LandUse USA and coordinated by Networks Northwest and Housing North, shows the potential demand for new units in each county, city, and village in Northwest Lower Michigan through 2024. 

 

TMA County Fact Sheets: 

 

SEASONAL WORKFORCE HOUSING STUDY: BENZIE AND LEELANAU COUNTIES

The Sleeping Bear Gateways Council seeks to work with local communities, stakeholders, and the National Park Service in preserving the unique character and natural resources of the area. As such, the Council works to address the infrastructure needs of the villages and businesses within 60 miles of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. One of the unique challenges facing gateway communities in Leelanau and Benzie Counties is the lack of regional housing options for workers. The Council, in partnership with Avenue ISR, set out to better measure the extent and the impact of the issue conducting a seasonal workforce housing study, click the link below and learn more. 

Seasonal Workforce Housing Study - Executive Summary

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SURVEY

Housing surveys of members of chambers of commerce were conducted in 2019, with questions about housing impacts on young professionals, by FUSE—the young professionals organization of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce—and the Manistee Chamber of Commerce.  

 

LPEF SURVEY

The Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation conducted a survey of Leelanau County businesses to determine needs around, and impacts from, issues like housing, infrastructure, and more.

BENZIE & WEXFORD HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENTS

In partnership with the Alliance for Economic Success, Community Research Associates analyzed housing demand in Benzie and Wexford counties in 2017.
 

EAST JORDAN HOUSING ASSESSMENT

Northern Homes conducted an assessment of housing condition in the City of East Jordan in 2019. Click here to access the full report. 

HOUSING INVENTORIES

Networks Northwest developed an inventory of existing housing stock as part of the Regional Prosperity Initiative in 2014. The inventories identify issues around the region’s current housing supply, affordability, vacancy, condition, and related costs.

MICHIGAN STATEWIDE HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has created a Statewide Housing Needs Assessment. It uses Census data from the American Community Survey to investigate how the three major components of market dynamics are trending: demand, supply and pricing/affordability.

H+T AFFORDABILITY INDEX

The Center for Neighborhood Technology offers a mapping and data tool to identify housing and related costs for some communities. 

 

OPPORTUNITY STARTS AT HOME

Housing has impacts on nearly all parts of our lives and communities. The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign breaks down impacts by sector—like education, health, safety, and more.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM

FREDDIE MAC RESEARCH

Freddie Mac’s research includes regular forecasts, indices, and “insights” about the housing market., including a discussion on housing supply issues.

HOUSING CHALLENGES THREATEN OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH:  WHERE WILL 10 MILLION MICHIGANDERS LIVE?

In 2017, the Home Builders Association of Michigan sough input from builders and other stakeholders throughout Michigan to identify key issues around the development of new housing. The report includes a summary of input and data, along with recommendations for local and statewide policy makers.

PATHWAYS TO SOLUTIONS

SUCCESS STORIES

All over Northwest Michigan, communities are taking steps toward solutions, with zoning changes, tax incentives, and land donations. Success stories are available at www.homesforourfuture.org.

HOUSING READY CHECKLIST

The Housing Ready Checklist provides information for communities that would like to understand how their plans, policies, and procedures can encourage—or discourage—the homes we need in our communities.

A FRAMEWORK FOR HOUSING CHOICES IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Part of the Regional Prosperity Plan developed by Networks Northwest in 2014, A Framework for Housing Choices includes data and analysis, sample master plan language, zoning guidance, and strategic actions.

GROWING BUSINESS WITH WORKFORCE HOUSING

Housing is a business issue, and businesses are taking action. Growing Business with Workforce Housing explores some employer-led housing solutions implemented within and outside the region.

MEDC REDEVELOPMENT READY COMMUNITIES BEST PRACTICES GUIDEBOOK

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation provides guidance to communities looking to update plans and ordinances as part of its Redevelopment Ready Communities program.

GET INVOLVED 

MAKING CONNECTIONS: UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITY HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELLFARE

This guide is intended to start a conversation about local policy, budgeting, and leadership decisions, and their impact on public health issues. It includes a “community planning 101” for citizens.

A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO PLANNING & ZONING IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

This introductory guidebook is intended to provide basic information to citizens that haven't been closely involved in the planning process, but would like to shape future changes in their community.

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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 

Program and Policy Director

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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