Find more tools, knowledge, and inspiration for your community's housing plan here.
Because housing is an issue in nearly every community across the nation, several individuals and organizations work to develop new planning solutions every day. This page provides a collection of useful resources for anyone interested in creating a housing plan. New links, videos, reports, and tools are added to the page on a regular basis, so check back often to see what's new!
AARP Livability Index
This page and annual index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact seniors the most. Livability categories include housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagemen…
Inclusionary Housing Calculator
Use this tool to evaluate how incentives and affordable housing requirements impact the economics of housing development projects. Explore sample projects and customize scenarios based on local community conditions and policies.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS)
The JCHS is a resource for scholars, public and private sector leaders, housing practitioners, and policymakers. Their research investigates and illuminates housing's critical role in the economy and in communities. Find information, data, …
Local Housing Solutions - Regional Collaboration to Support the Development of Affordable Housing in Resource-Rich areas
This report explains how local jurisdictions and governments can foster collaboration to support affordable housing development, resources, and policies. They provide examples and a vast array of additional resources.
McKinsey Global Institute - Housing Affordability Tool Kit for Cities
This report looks at how cities can focus on supply-side solutions to providing affordable housing. They recommend strategies around finding land, removing barriers, and helping construction firms be more productive.
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) - Renters
This page describes all of MSHDA's rental housing programs including subsidies and financing.
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Housing Program Administrative Cost Worksheet
This document showcases administrative costs associated with general oversight of a housing program. Administrative costs include the reasonable costs of overall program management, marketing, monitoring, and evaluation. Such costs must be …
Michigan State University Extension - Planned Unit Development
Check out this link to learn more about how Planned Unit Developments can be used to allow flexibility in land uses, including mixing commercial and residential uses, and enabling diverse parcel sizes.
National Alliance to End Homelessness - Rapid Re-Housing Toolkit
This toolkit describes the process of rapid rehousing, which requires identifying available housing, rental and move-in assistance, and case management and services. The toolkit provides links to resources for each of those three key action…
National Association of Counties (NACo) Affordable Housing Toolkit
This resource for developing affordable housing is produced by the National Association of Counties. This toolkit summarizes and builds on research conducted by the NACo Counties Futures Lab throughout 2018.
National Association of Home Builders Housing Economics
This page provides data and analysis on trends in the housing construction industry, such as national statistics, local data, forecasts, estimating tools, and studies.
National Low Income Housing Coalition Out of Reach Map
Use this tool to investigate how much residents need to earn to afford a modest apartment in any state, zip code, or metro area across the country.
The Annual Home Maintenance Checklist, New York Times
This page describes home maintenance chores that an owner should complete every season.
University of Kansas Community Tool Box - Providing Affordable Housing for All
This page provides an overview of affordable housing needs, types, programs, and policies. This resource also provides examples of action steps for citizens, organizations, planners, local governments, and other stakeholders.
US Environmental Protection Agency - Smart Growth and Equitable Development
This guide provides an overview of equitable development, links to data, reports and studies from across the nation, and additional resources to advance equity in planning and development.
This map shows which residential construction types are most likely to occur in the 20 southwestern counties of Michigan. Using costs and policies, but not including zoning restrictions, the map calculates the financial viability of different development prototypes in each Census tract. Realtors, development professionals, citizens, and [ more ]
This map shows which residential construction types are most likely to occur in the 20 southwestern counties of Michigan. Using costs and policies, but not including zoning restrictions, the map calculates the financial viability of different development prototypes in each Census tract. Realtors, development professionals, citizens, and government officials in this region can use the map to check the likelihood of success for certain projects, and to understand the effects of potential policy decisions on the regional housing market. Start by clicking on Maps to explore the feasibility of different housing types, then investigate potential policy effects by changing Inputs. [ less ]feasibility map
Throughout the housing planning process, but especially during the Alignment period, community members may need to spark discussions and build relationships with folks they want to play a more active role in housing development. These stakeholders may be nonprofit organizations, developers, realtors, or other businesses [ more ]
Throughout the housing planning process, but especially during the Alignment period, community members may need to spark discussions and build relationships with folks they want to play a more active role in housing development. These stakeholders may be nonprofit organizations, developers, realtors, or other businesses, and sometimes they need an invitation to participate in community planning. These downloadable guides are intended to help community members plan their outreach to potential partners and to new residents. The guides have space to include important data and contacts, and can be customized for your community's specific needs. Please contact Molly Trueblood to get started. [ less ]developers guide (pdf) employers guide (pdf) new residents guide (pdf)