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2017 Housing Summit

Thank you for attending the 2017 Northwest Michigan Housing Summit!



State of Housing in Northwest Michigan
Sarah Lucas, Networks Northwest

Housing Challenges Threaten Our Economic Growth 
Bob Filka, Home Builders Association of Michigan 

It Takes All Kinds: Housing, Demographics And Our Economic Future
Laurie Volk, Zimmerman/Volk Associates

Accessing Capital for Housing Development
USDA, More Than Meats…(and Meets) the Eye
Valarie Handy, USDA Rural Development

Accessing Capital for New Development; Cinnaire Products & Services
Tom Edmiston, Cinnaire

Getting Ready for Development
Redevelopment Readiness Across Michigan
Luke Forrest, Michigan Municipal League

Regional Housing Developers Survey and Interviews
Doug Luciani, Venture North

Shared Housing Programs
GR HomeShare
Lily Fossel, GR Home Share

Homeshare Toolbox
Elise Crafts, Networks Northwest

Learning from our Neighbors:
The Ottawa Housing Crisis & Community Response 
Patrick Moran, United Way of Ottawa & Allegan Counties

Paving the Way: Models for a Rural Housing Partnership
Sarah Lucas
, Networks Northwest



Housing Challenges Threaten Our Economic Growth (HBA of Michigan)

Multi-Family Housing Loan Guarantees (USDA Rural Development)

Income and Rent Limits (MSHDA)

Target Market Summaries


Community Cornerstone Awards:

The Housing Cornerstone Partnership Award recognizes collaborative, proactive action to address complex, critical housing issues. Communities receiving the award are working in partnership with multiple sectors to lead new initiatives and explore creative solutions.

Recipients of the 2017 Partnership Awards:

Leelanau REACH

The City of Charlevoix, Charlevoix Main Street, Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce

Advocates for Benzie County and the City of Frankfort

Click here for more information about the Housing Cornerstone Partnership Award and this year's recipients is available.



Rural Housing Partnership - Discussion Sign-Up

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Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner