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MSHDA convenes strategic council to improve housing in Michigan

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Katie Bach,
Tracey Houston,

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:


Council Member



Paula Cunningham


Karen Kafantaris


Center for Employment Opportunities

Ashley Blake



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