What have you done, or will you do, to increase affordable housing in Leelanau County?
I chaired the Leelanau Housing County Task Force in 2015. We authored a report with concrete plans for support for Housing (http://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/01042016_housing_task_force_report42.pdf ) but recommendations were rejected by four members of the County Commission. I will continue to push for these recommendations.
As a board member for Leelanau REACH, a county non-profit Housing Development Corporation established to develop and expand affordable housing options in Leelanau County, I know, first hand, that affordable housing is a serious issue for Leelanau County.
With county and regional partnerships between government, private enterprise, and non-profits, and with the assistance of MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority), I believe that we can develop and expand affordable housing options in Leelanau County.
I would promote the expansion of the Leelanau County Planning Department to include a position specifically responsible for public and private partnerships, grant writing, housing assistance, working with MSHDA and the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NMCOG), and providing support for REACH. I would encourage village, township and county review of possible zoning rule changes to encourage affordable & community-friendly multi-family homes and rentals.