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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.

The Housing Picture in Northwest Michigan

The Housing Picture in Northwest Michigan is a document borne of the collaborative process of stakeholders involved with the Housing Solutions Network with direct input  provided by Housing North. The document outlines the current trends in the availability of housing, impacts to the housing market, and proposes strategies to be undertaken to tackle housing issues within our Northwest Lower Michigan communities. Click on the link below to see the full document.

The Housing Picture in Northwest Michigan


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. More information about the Network is available here.

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)



Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission