Community Invited to Comment on Strategies to Achieve Attainable Housing for All
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2023
LANSING, Mich. — Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County) and Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) have announced the release of a draft housing action plan for the Greater Lansing region. Tri-County and CAHP have been co-leading the Regional Housing Partnership initiative for Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties to develop actionable housing goals in support of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) statewide housing plan.
This five-year action plan identifies priority goals, strategies, and performance indicators that will help create safe, healthy, affordable, accessible, and attainable housing for all in the region. The community is invited to comment on the region’s first draft of the housing action plan through Friday, September 15, 2023.
“Housing drives so many aspects of our daily lives, including our quality of life, our financial health, our economy, and the well-being of our families and neighbors,” said Jim Snell, executive director of Tri-County. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Capital Area Housing Partnership and grateful for the many public, private, and nonprofit partners who have stepped up to help create this blueprint and define steps that will empower our communities to begin addressing our most crucial housing needs.”
Over 150 partners – including local governments, nonprofits, developers, businesses, local health departments, philanthropic organizations, economic and workforce development professionals, transportation agencies, and members of the public and people with lived experience – participated in two housing summits and a public workshop in recent months to provide input, priorities, and experiences with housing in the region. The draft housing action plan reflects feedback from these partners, as well as key data trends and needs and preliminary strategies identified in Tri-County’s regional housing assessment, HousingDrives.
"Delivering a diverse supply of quality and attainable housing options for mid-Michigan residents will generate long-term beneficial outcomes for everyone in our community," said Rawley Van Fossen, executive director of Capital Area Housing Partnership. "Everyone requires a safe place to call home, and we need every voice to assist in crafting a comprehensive action plan to create equitable housing opportunities that transform possibilities for people, our neighborhoods, and local economy.”
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The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is a public planning agency established in 1956, serving Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties in Mid-Michigan. Tri-County makes our region a more prosperous community by planning for a strong economy, reliable transportation, and sustainable infrastructure and natural resources. We connect local organizations and governments to funding, technical assistance, data resources, and opportunities to discuss trends and challenges affecting the Greater Lansing area. Learn more at www.mitcrpc.org.
Capital Area Housing Partnership is a nonprofit organization on a mission to develop strong and diverse neighborhoods, emphasizing affordable housing, homeownership opportunities, and financial security for mid-Michigan residents since 1992. Through our comprehensive approach, we are building and rehabilitating multi-and-single family homes, delivering housing and financial education, and engaging communities to revitalize core neighborhoods. Learn more at capitalareahousing.org.