Public Feedback: Southwest Michigan Housing Goals and Strategies (Region J)
Michigan’s first Statewide Housing Plan was released in 2022. The plan aims to address the numerous challenges that limit access to safe, healthy, affordable, accessible, and attainable housing for all in a community of their choice. After the plan was released, regional groups (known as Regional Housing Partnerships or RHPs) were created to engage with local stakeholders and create regional plans that support the larger statewide plan. Those engaged in this regional planning process were representatives of municipalities, community resource agencies, affordable housing developers, health and human service agencies, and others dedicated to improving the well-being of their communities. Ultimately, the Regional Housing Partnerships are tasked with building a connected, collaborative housing ecosystem to address the affordability housing crisis in their communities.
The Southwest Michigan RHP has worked hard this summer to develop our Regional Housing Action Plan. This southwest area (called "Region J") includes Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties. Since forming our RHP in May, we have met in person multiple times to create our workgroups, choose our regional priorities, and begin forming the strategies and key performance indicators that will show us how our success is measured. Workgroups were created to focus on the priorities identified by the RHP. They met regularly to determine goals and strategies for their priority area. Those goals and strategies comprise the Action Plan.
This Action Plan has come from many hours of discussions between professionals from every part of the housing industry and the region. We are grateful to everyone who took part in creating this plan!
More information about the Statewide Housing Plan and the Regional Housing Partnerships is available on the MSHDA website. If you are interested in receiving more information on the Southwest Michigan RHP (serving Region J), you can check out the website here or join the listserv here.
Currently, the Southwest Michigan RHP is seeking community feedback on the goals proposed for the region. The plan is open for comment from September 8th to September 18th. The survey includes seven questions and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Understanding what is important to you will help the region prioritize how to best achieve housing stability for all.
Thank you for your input!