Sarah Lucas joins Dave about affordable housing

This week's conversation turns to the topic of affordable housing. Dave is joined by Sarah Lucas, Regional Planner for the Northwest Michigan Council Of Governments and head of the Grand Vision Housing Task Force.  Affordable housing is an issue for the entire community, especially as energy costs continue upward. The long standing trend pattern, where rural housing is cheaper than city housing, is about to crash. The costs of transportation and home heating will soon make rural living untenable for those who must travel some distance to get to work and living on marginal incomes to start. Sarah and Dave outline the many economic connections that center on the living quarters and ponder the coming crisis in affordable housing as even greater numbers of working people can't afford where they live.


  • Northwest Michigan & Housing Search is designed to help those in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties find help with housing and homes they can afford. This website was developed for Community Housing Choices, a program administered by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, in partnership with the Grand Traverse Region Housing Task Force.
  • Community Housing Choices is a program under the umbrella of New Designs for Growth and administered by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG). The goal of Community Housing Choices is to ensure sufficient housing choices for the region’s workforce, using education, collaboration, and advocacy to promote the adoption of land use and economic tools that will contribute to livable, vibrant communities.
  • Center for Community Change -- Housing trust funds are the single most impressive advance in the affordable housing field in the United States over the last several decades. Because housing is the foundation of every healthy community, local and state governments are recognizing that they need to contribute public resources to adequately house their residents, and they are using housing trust funds as the vehicle to do exactly that.
  • Families On The Edge -- Northwest Lower Michigan is a hard place to live if you are poor. Cheap housing is far from town; cars are utterly necessary; long winters mean sky-high energy bills; and eating fresh, local food is a luxury. Fortunately, The Grand Vision project offers wildly popular, relatively low-cost solutions that help everyone.
  • America's Affordable Communities Initiative -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to helping communities across America identify and overcome regulatory barriers that impede the availability of affordable housing. Through the removal of burdensome regulatory barriers, we will work together to open more doors to hard-working American families who wish to buy or rent an affordable home in the community of their choice.