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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 Community 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.


Research and Analysis

Target Market Analysis

The Northwest Michigan Target Market Analysis, 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 2025.  The County Target Market Analyses and a number of other resources, including the County Housing Inventories, are available here

Outreach and EVENTS

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 Housing North will host the 6th annual Northwest Michigan Housing Summit virtually this year from October 20-22, 2020. 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 more information about this year's virtual housing conference.


Technical Assistance and Resources

Networks Northwest provides assistance in developing policy-based solutions to local housing issues.


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.  

A Framework for Housing in Northwest Michigan (PDF)



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The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.

Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager