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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 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.  

A Framework for Housing in Northwest Michigan (PDF)




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 5th annual Northwest Michigan Housing Summit on October 18, 2019. 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 2019 Summit.





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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