August 7, 2020

Housing related progress, setbacks and opportunities on the horizon for Ottawa County.

December 10, 2019

Long considered the unwanted neighborhood step-child, homes with an extra dwelling unit offer an extraordinary opportunity to make a significant difference in the availability of housing throughout West Michigan and to build wealth for young entrepreneurs through local...

October 15, 2019

This past summer I wrote about the difference between Housing Choice and Housing AffordabilityThis is an important distinction to recognize in your local market economy and, in most communities, we're still severely lacking in both choice and affordability. However,...

June 30, 2019

Housing Choice and Housing Affordability at all price points are not exactly the same thing, but they are integrally linked. I use both phrases often and recognize that it sometimes sounds as though they are interchangeable. It's important to recognize some subtle and...

April 15, 2019

In our last blog post, we talked about the fact that 'affordable' is a relative term. Whether or not a particular house or apartment is affordable, depends entirely upon the income of the renter or owner. No matter what your income is, if you're spending more than 30%...

March 8, 2019

This question comes with a fairly simple answer and a whole lot of baggage. This post is intended to help unpack the baggage so that we can clearly see all of the influencing factors that inform what we think about when we hear the term 'affordable housing'.

Basic Metri...

January 31, 2019

Over the last year I have spent countless hours talking with local, regional and statewide organizations about the importance of housing choice in the market place. In addition to municipal officials, community foundations and developers, I've also been talking with ch...

January 28, 2019

In 2018, Housing Next contracted with a national consulting firm to conduct a county-wide Housing Needs Assessment. This post is intended to highlight the most important, high-level data we gleaned from this study and to begin to set the table for the work ahead of us....

January 7, 2019

A quick recap of 2018 and the work ahead.

November 9, 2017

Ottawa County, Michigan – The Housing Next Leadership Council has hired Ryan Kilpatrick as its first Director. Kilpatrick comes from a background in economic development and city planning and he will provide strategic direction to the Council, advocating for greater ho...

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