Community Housing Choices

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. Community Housing Choices is reaching out to governments, nonprofits, developers, and citizens to help initiate change in our communities. Some of our activities include:

  • Communication and outreach
  • Technical assistance and resources to assist communities in updating policies that affect affordable housing
  • Best practices research and analysis for communities
  • Resources for local businesses to help develop employer-assisted housing programs

More information about Community Housing Choices can be found at:

  • Green Infrastructure
  • Rural Development
  • DevelopMentor Program

Housing Task Force

The Housing Task Force is a working group of the Grand Vision that provides basic information about affordable housing and how communities can help meet local housing needs. For more information, please contact Sarah Lucas, Regional Planner, at 231-929-5034 or via email at

To view the Housing Task Force Community Presentation, click here.