UNDERSTANDING THE NEED
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority sets income and rent guidance annually for each county in Michigan.
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.
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.
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
EAST JORDAN HOUSING ASSESSMENT
Northern Homes conducted an assessment of housing condition in the City of East Jordan in 2019.
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.
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.
The Center for Neighborhood Technology offers a mapping and data tool to identify housing and related costs for some communities.
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’s research includes regular forecasts, indices, and “insights” about the housing market., including a discussion on housing supply issues.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation provides guidance to communities looking to update plans and ordinances as part of its Redevelopment Ready Communities program.
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.
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.