In 2014 OCED began the process for updating the county-wide affordable needs assessment. The previous one was completed in 2007, before the housing boom, bust and recovery. czb consultants conducted interviews, surveys, and extensive data analysis resulting in Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis.
What is Affordable Housing?
Affordable Housing is considered to be housing for an individual or family that costs less than 30% of the annual household income.
Why do we need it?
The recent Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis for Washtenaw County (2015) notes that Ann Arbor housing costs are expected to increase, making the area of the county with the most jobs, educational opportunities and amenities unaffordable and unavailable to a majority of the county's population.
As a result, lower income residents move to more affordable areas like Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township. In the case of low-income renters or owners, that results in a concentration of poverty in several neighborhoods in these communities.
Infographic -What is Affordable in Washtenaw County?
The plan has been adopted by all the jurisdictions in the urban area of the county:
- City of Ann Arbor
- City of Ypsilanti
- Ypsilanti Township
- Pittsfield Township
- Ann Arbor DDA
Building off this momentum, a regional leadership group was convened in summer 2015 to begin the challenging work of prioritizing and implementing the recommendations from the study.
City of Ann Arbor: Mayor Chris Taylor, Council Member Sabre Briere, Interim City Manager Tom Crawford
Pittsfield Tonwship: Supervisor Mandy Grewal
Ypsilanti Township: Supervisor Brenda Stumbo, Clerk Karen Lovejoy Roe
City of Ypsilanti: Mayor Amanda Edmonds
Washtenaw County: Chair Felicia Brabec, Commissioner Ruth Ann Jamnick
Ann Arbor DDA: Susan Pollay
Want more information? Contact Brett Lenart at blenart@ewashtenaw or 734-544-3024
April 2015 presentation - Michigan Association of Planning Spring Institute
October presentation - czb consultants presented to the public at the Conversation on Affordability in October of 2014.
Previous report (2007)