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MSHDA convenes strategic council to improve housing in Michigan

Media Contacts:
Katie Bach, BachK@michigan.gov
Tracey Houston, HoustonT1@michigan.gov

February 18, 2021

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has assembled the Michigan Statewide Housing Plan Partner Advisory Council, comprised of housing experts and partners dedicated to bettering the state housing system. The council will be instrumental in the development of Michigan’s first five-year Statewide Housing Plan (SHP).

This strategic housing plan will identify key housing issues impacting residents across the state by leveraging a diverse group of stakeholders to create an action plan that ensures all Michiganders have access to a safe, affordable, and quality place to call home. The plan will lay out strategies and outcome goals for housing in our state, with a central focus on equity.

“As a community organizer who helped people in communities across America realize their full economic and societal potential, I know that quality housing is a prerequisite for health and safety because ‘home’ holds deep meaning for all of us,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “Together, the efforts of this council and the first-ever housing plan for Michigan will lay the foundation for how we, as a state, ensure everyone has an affordable, accessible, and welcoming place to call home.”

MSHDA first began working on the SHP in 2020 with the consulting group Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) to conduct research, benchmark with 15 national housing finance agencies, and engage with customers, partners, and the public.   

The Partner Advisory Council will advise the consultant team from PPA and MSHDA’s strategic planning team on stakeholder outreach and engagement approaches, help to interpret stakeholder input, and generate ideas for strategies to address the state’s housing needs.

“Housing serves as the cornerstone to every community—impacting numerous other social and economic concerns such as health, educational achievement and access to employment,” said MSHDA Acting Executive Director Gary Heidel. “With every stakeholder in the housing industry working together through this Council, MSHDA aims to identify and implement solutions that will result in meaningful changes at the individual, community, regional and state levels.”

The Council begins meeting this month. Public engagement opportunities will occur at various times from now through summer.

Members of the Partner Advisory Council were carefully selected by the strategic planning team at MSHDA, in consultation with PPA and the acting director of MSHDA. The full list of members is as follows:

Organization

Council Member

Affiliation

AARP

Paula Cunningham

 

Karen Kafantaris

 

Center for Employment Opportunities

Ashley Blake

 

Cinnaire

Mark McDaniel

 

Community Bankers of Michigan

Michael Tierney

 

Community Development Advocates of Detroit

Phyllis Edwards

 Bridging Communities

Madhavi Reddy

 

Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

Michelle LaJoie

Community Action Alger-Marquette

Luke Forrest

 

Council of Michigan Foundations

Kyle Caldwell

 

Regina Bell

 

Detroit Future City

Anika Goss

 

Disability Network Southwest Michigan

Paul Ecklund

 

Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

Nancy L. Haynes

 

Global Detroit

Steve Tobocman

 

Greater Detroit Realtist® Association (chapter of NAREB)

Lolita Haley

 

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

Wendy Irvin

Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region

Sandra Pearson

 

Home Builders Association of Michigan

Robert Filka

 

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.

Joni R. Talentino

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Housing Authority

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Tahirih Ziegler

 

Michigan Association of Planning

Andrea Brown

 

 

 

Michigan Bankers Association

 

 

Deborah Herdman

 

 

Huntington Bank

Patricia L.  Herndon

 

Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

Lyn Raymond

Greater Ottawa County United Way

Eric Hufnagel

 

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Sarah Prout Rennie

 

Michigan Community Action Agency

Lisa Evans

Community Action of Allegan County

Chong-Anna Canfora

 

Michigan Community Development Association

Stephanie Burgess

Macomb County

 

 

Michigan Credit Union League

Patty Corkery 

 

Bill Lawton

Community Financial Credit Union

Michigan Environmental Council

Conan Smith

 

Charlotte Jameson

 

Michigan Housing Council

Amin Irving

Ginosko Development Company

Michigan League for Public Policy

Gilda Jacobs

 

Julie Cassidy

 

Michigan Minority Contractors Association

Jason Cole

 

Michigan Municipal League

Dan Gilmartin

 

Jennifer Rigterink

 

Michigan Realtors®

E’toile Libbett

 

Brad Ward

 

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters

Todd McCastle

 

Michigan State University Extension

Dave Ivan

 

 

Public Housing (local)

Carlos Sanchez

 

Ruth Ellis Center

Jerry Peterson

 

Small Business Association of Michigan

Bill Kimble

C2AE Architecture & Engineering

Brian Calley

 

Southwest Solutions

Timothy Thorland

 

Hector Hernandez

 

University of Michigan - Poverty Solutions

Margaret Dewar

 

 

Urban Land Institute of Michigan

Shannon Morgan

Renovare Development

 

The success of the Statewide Housing Plan depends on many individuals, organizations, and government partnerships across the state. To learn more and get involved, visit Michigan.gov/housingplan.


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