Central Ohio planning experts see zoning overhaul as key to housing solutions

Regional planning experts applauded the city of Columbus for evaluating its zoning code and said they hoped to see changes that would bring more affordable housing to the region. Columbus' existing zoning process is a significant impediment to affordable housing development in the region, said Kerstin Carr, director of planning and sustainability for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Columbus Business First • October 20, 2021

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Twin Cities 'housing unaffordability' leaves few options for lowest income families

Over the past decade the seven-county metro needed 44,570 affordable houses and apartments, but only a little more than a third of them got built. The vast majority were rental apartments, but shockingly few were affordable to the lowest income renters in the Twin Cities.

The Star Tribune • October 23, 2021

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In booming Grand Rapids, many Black residents left out of city’s comeback

Nearly 25,000 Grand Rapids renters and homeowners paid more than 30 percent of their income in 2019 for housing ─ a threshold for what’s considered affordable and able to meet other basic expenses including food, child care and transportation, according to Housing Next, an affordable housing advocacy group in west Michigan. Housing Next estimates the city is more than 5,000 rental units short of demand, and Kent and nearby Ottawa counties will need 37,000 more housing units at all price points in the next five years to meet demand ─ about a tenth of that in lower-priced affordable housing.

The Bridge Michigan • October 20, 2021

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