Providing housing choices to all residents in the regions continues to be a priority for much of Networks Northwest’s service area. Networks Northwest’s Regional Planning & Development Department works with local partners, both in the private and public sector, to ensure that the region’s workforce has access to safe, economical, and desirable housing. Some of our activities include communication and outreach; technical assistance and resources to assist communities in updating policies that affect affordable housing; and best practices research and analysis for communities.
A Framework for Housing Choices in Northwest Michigan
The Housing Framework includes information that can serve as a compilation of best practices to help local decisionmakers and stakeholders who would like to address the issues identified in the Framework to meet their communities’ diverse housing needs.
Research and Analysis
Networks Northwest conducts research and analysis for communities, nonprofits, and other stakeholders. A number of resources, including the County Housing Inventories and County Target Market Analyses, are available here.
Technical Assistance and Resources
Networks Northwest provides assistance in developing policy-based solutions to local housing issues.
Communication and Outreach
Housing Solutions Network
Networks Northwest convenes the Housing Solutions Network, which works with housing stakeholders and communities to raise awareness of housing issues and programs. Activities include the development of resources for both the public and community leaders. For more information about the Network, including a current meeting schedule, are available here.
Northwest Michigan Housing Summit
Networks Northwest and the Housing Solutions Network hosted the third annual Northwest Michigan Housing Summit on October 16, 2017. The event brings community leaders, housing agencies, businesses, and funders together to network, learn, and build solutions for housing choices in northwest Michigan. Click here for resources from the 2017 Summit.
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 NorthwestTy Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner