Key Action Area A: Spread knowledge of the region’s housing needs
To increase public awareness of the region’s housing needs and opportunities, and to build acceptance of efforts to address these needs. This involves community outreach and coordination, sharing information and relatable stories, and developing metrics for monitoring the region's housing needs.
To ensure the availability of safe and sanitary housing for all residents, and their ability to get housing that is needed. This includes providing adequate emergency housing facilities; making sure that rental units meet all applicable codes for safe and sanitary habitation; reducing exposure to mold and lead hazards, and improving the knowledge of and compliance with legal requirements, such as the Fair Housing Law. Housing conditions are known to have a significant impact on physical and mental health.
To sustain existing homes in good condition and for use by year-round residents. This includes maintaining or improving the conditions of existing homes; keeping existing owner-occupied and renter-occupied homes as primary residences; and discouraging conversion to secondary homes or short-term rentals.
To make the process easier to build the types of homes that the region needs in the places we need them. This involves eliminating unnecessary regulatory barriers, streamlining the local and state review processes, and building grassroots support for proactively addressing our housing needs.
To create the types of homes that are necessary to address the region’s identified needs. This means building homes for the incomes we have and for our population, prioritizing the creation of so-called “Missing Middle” and supportive housing types. This also involves building the capacity of local developers, building trades, and supportive housing providers.
To build homes that improve the region’s economic health and are consistent with smart growth principles. This includes prioritizing housing developments that further village revitalization efforts, are served by water and sewer infrastructure, encourage walking, bicycling and public transit, and contribute to a stronger, more resilient community and stable tax base.