Community Action Alger Marquette partners with Michigan State Housing Development Authority to develop statewide housing plan

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM) announced that it will partner with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to create a statewide housing plan (SHP) to to address the affordability and accessibility of homes in Michigan. The SHP is a five-year initiative to identify priorities, goals and strategies to address challenges impacting housing equity in the state. This is the first such plan in Michigan’s history.

The SHP lists the following five objectives as a minimum in what it aims to accomplish during the initiative:

  • More than 75,000 new or rehabilitated homes, including:
    • More than 39,000 affordable rental units
    • 21,500+ units at market price (owner and rental)
    • Over 13,500 homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income households
    • Over 1,000 workforce housing units
  • Housing for more than 100,000 households is stabilized
  • Significantly reduce equity gaps in homelessness and homeownership
  • Strive to make homelessness rare, brief and unique
  • More than 15,000 households are increasing their home’s energy efficiency and improving weather protection

It also lists the following eight priority areas to guide how the plan will take action across the state:

  • Racial Equity and Justice
  • Housing ecosystem
  • Preventing and ending homelessness
  • Housing stock
  • Housing for the elderly
  • Rental housing
  • Home ownership
  • Communication and education

Each domain has its own set of goals, strategies and outcome measures which you can read about here.

“CAAM has been instrumental in helping MSHDA understand the myriad of barriers and challenges that impact greater accessibility to quality affordable housing for Michigan residents,” said Tiffany King, Head of Equity and Inclusion at MSHDA. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to affordable housing, and finding viable solutions requires the involvement and insights of many stakeholders like CAAM to ensure we best meet the needs of residents in each community. of Michigan.”

The goal of the SHP is to identify and address the social and geographic barriers and inequities that prevent Michigan residents from accessing affordable housing. He cites the rising cost of housing in recent years, indicating that the average sale price of a home in Michigan rose 84% between January 2013 and October 2021, despite the average number of building permits granted for construction. new housing is less than half of pre-recession 2008 levels. Additionally, its goals seek to address inequalities such as 52% of the state’s homeless population being black, despite not represents only 14% of the global population.

“It was an honor to serve on the State Housing Plan Partnership Advisory Council to develop a plan with a shared vision to address housing issues and needs in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas,” said said Michelle LaJoie, executive director of Community Action Alger. -Member of the board of directors of Marquette and CEDAM. “CEDAM and its members look forward to partnering with MSHDA to execute the plan and ultimately ensure that all Michigan residents have access to stable, quality, and affordable housing.”

SHP’s next steps include creating a new statewide housing partnership that will work alongside regional groups and the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness to achieve the plan’s goals. A public dashboard is planned to report statewide and regional results.

You can learn more about the statewide housing plan here.