WHO WE ARE
Housing North was organized in 2018 by a cross-sector group of regional housing partners to overcome the communications, policy, and financial barriers that stand in the way of housing solutions. It's governed by a ten-county Board of Directors that represent business; philanthropy; local, county, and tribal government; workforce development; and housing agencies. Housing North activities are supported by partners including Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the Frey Foundation, and Networks Northwest. is a 501c3 that supports communities, developers, employers, and other stakeholders as they work to create housing in Northwest Michigan.
WHY WE EXIST
A shortage of housing in Northwest Michigan is taking a toll on residents and businesses. Many residents struggle to make ends meet while living in housing that’s too expensive for their budgets – or they spend more money and time on long commutes to and from work and services. Many young families leave the region to find lower costs of living, and all too often, potential residents turn down job offers in the region because they can’t find housing they can afford. Businesses that have opportunities to grow are often unable to hire new employees from outside of the region - because they can’t find the home they need at a price they can afford.
As housing agencies, local governments, developers, and employers work to address the region’s housing shortages, they continue to run up against the same challenges in the development system:
As Northwest Michigan communities began to address the development system, Housing North was organized to offer assistance with some of these systemic issues.
GET INVOLVED: HOUSING NORTH COMMITTEES
The Housing North Board of Directors is nominated to represent different sectors from each county in Northwest Lower Michigan. As it works to implement its strategic plan, a committee structure provides for additional representation and assistance:
Membership on both committees is open to anyone who is interested in participating. To get involved, or for more information on the committees, please contact Sarah Lucas at the information below.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Leelanau County Housing
Village of Elk Rapids
City of Frankfort
Little River Band of
Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Lucas, Executive Director