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The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has a history of studying and planning for the housing needs of the Greater Lansing region's residents. By working with developers, realtors, nonprofit agencies, municipalities, and economic development agencies to assess the diversity in regional housing needs, we can develop regional housing strategies that improve the quality of life for all.

HousingDrives: A Regional Housing Assessment

With changing demographic and employment characteristics expected over the years ahead, it is important for the region’s stakeholders to understand the various types of housing available in our region and the policies and trends that influence our future housing needs. Tri-County is developing a Regional Housing Assessment of the three-county area to better understand these existing trends and barriers in today's housing market.


The outcome of this project will provide economic developers, housing and real estate professionals, municipal leaders, and other community organizations the data needed to make informed decisions that support meaningful development choices and housing opportunities. The project began in October 2021 and is scheduled for completion in June 2022. Visit HousingDrives for information on on the project, including opportunities for the public and community leaders to learn more and get involved! 

Past Initiatives

With support from Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability HUD grant funding, Tri-County partnered with the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University and the former Greater Lansing Housing Commission (now administered by the Capital Area Housing Partnership) to conduct a study and create a plan for the future of Mid-Michigan's affordable housing.

The Regional Affordable Housing Study completed in 2013 worked to provide an accurate diagnosis of current housing and set goals to improve housing affordability across the region. The study team compared the changes of the information on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of population and households and physical and socioeconomic characteristics of existing housing stock in Mid-Michigan using census data collected in 2000 and 2010, among other methods.

The 5-year Comprehensive Regional Fair and Affordable Housing Plan provided an analysis of data trends in the tri-county area and assessed the anticipated housing needs in the upcoming years. Partners made an inventory of planned housing projects from housing developers in the City of Lansing and incorporated the opinions and needs of traditionally underrepresented individuals in the community. 

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