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MSHDA and partner advisory council launch first-time public survey to learn about state of housing in Michigan

Media Contact:
Katie Bach, BachK@michigan.gov

March 12, 2021

LANSING, Mich. -- If you are a renter, landlord, homeowner or homebuyer, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and its Statewide Housing Plan Partner Advisory Council want to hear from you. We are launching our first survey to identify housing issues and opportunities that, when addressed, will help improve housing in Michigan for years to come.

"When we understand the barriers that individuals and families face in housing it becomes a lot easier to remove them and build a stronger foundation for the future," said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. "I'm thrilled to see MSHDA working with partners and the public to develop a long-term statewide housing strategy that considers and delivers stability and opportunity for Michiganders."

Last month, MSHDA named an advisory council of key partners who will work collaboratively to develop the first-ever, five-year statewide housing plan.

"We and our partners in this effort agree everyone deserves a safe, quality, and affordable place to live in a community of their choice," said Gary Heidel, MSHDA acting executive director. "We also know we alone cannot fix longstanding barriers to equal housing opportunity. Before we dive into this critical work, it is essential that we learn from the public. Working together, with a statewide, data-driven approach, we will identify and provide a path to overcoming our housing challenges."

About the survey

The survey is confidential, takes about 10 minutes to complete, and will be active for one month.

It is available online (and mobile friendly) in English, Spanish and Arabic, or by PDF, or by paper. To download a PDF copy of the survey, go to Michigan.gov/housingplan, or a survey can be mailed to you.

Completed surveys can be emailed to MSHDA-MISHP@Michigan.gov, or mailed to:

Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Attention: SHP Survey

735 E. Michigan Ave., PO Box 30044, Lansing, Michigan, 48909.

Need a little extra help completing the survey? Call the help line at 1-833-312-2002 and a staff person from MSHDA will walk you through the survey over the phone.

"We have aimed to be inclusive and are eager to hear from people of different backgrounds and experiences, all across the state," said Tiffany King, MSHDA Equity and Inclusion Officer. "Those who don't fall into one of the public feedback categories this time will still have other opportunities for participation in the development of Michigan's Statewide Housing Plan."

Later this year, there will be another survey and public sessions to discuss the plan. To sign up for updates about new opportunities to engage, visit www.michigan.gov/housingplan.

The survey will end on April 11.