Building a Foundation for Attainable Housing-Kalamazoo County

October 20, 2023 8:30AM - 11:30AM

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2023 - 12:00AM

Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Room A, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Contact: Tyler or 269-657-8213

Michigan is facing a housing challenge of serious proportions as discussed in Michigan’s Statewide Housing Plan. The lack of affordable, attainable and workforce housing is becoming a critical issue that limits the full potential of our communities. Regional, tribal, and local officials and staff have a responsibility to help communities address housing demands and ensure an availability of a wide range of housing types and prices. Despite the challenges, there are a diverse range of planning and regulatory tools available as solutions. Communities that proactively plan and implement greater access to attainable housing can improve residents' quality of life and overall prosperity.

MSU Extension, in partnership with Kalamazoo County’s housing Department and Planning & Development Department, is offering a three-hour training to help Kalamazoo communities plan for and implement strategies to improve access to attainable, affordable, and inclusive housing. This interactive program will provide participants with:

  • Perspective on Michigan’s current housing situation and trends as well as local data
  • Strategies communities can use to assess their current housing situation and plan for the future
  • An overview of zoning and other policy tools that communities can implement to meet their housing goals
  • Two scenario-based learning activities to gain experience and confidence in housing discussions around planning and implementation
  • Additional Housing resources including two checklists to assess your community’s housing plans and policies and list of potential funding sources


Participants who are new to housing policy work may be interested in attending the one hour webinar Opening Doors to Attainable Housing on October 10th, at Noon. This webinar will provide a broader overview of housing trends, policy options, and other resources. Registration for that event can be found here:

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