Regional Housing (HO) Assessment Report: The report will be developed by the Housing Task Force. There are numerous organizations involved in housing throughout the region, including several local housing authorities, three CAP Services, as well as other non-profit organizations.
The Assessment Report will look beyond municipal and county boundaries to develop a regional perspective. Within the region there are over 220,000 total housing units. Working from a regional perspective we will identify gaps and solve common issues so that a dialogue of housing professionals can take place and continue at the regional level. It will also evaluate the condition of the housing stock, affordability, vacancy rates, housing types, special population needs, and the potential demand for the region. Population and housing projections will be critical to determining future housing demand given the aging population of the region. Plans must also draw the critical links between employment and housing. Alternative land-use policies will be assessed based on their ability to provide a range for housing opportunities offering density bonuses or revising minimum lot sizes. Housing strategies may encompass home ownership programs, need for low- and moderate-income housing, rehabilitation & redevelopment projects, changes in code enforcement, and partnerships with housing authorities and financial institutions.
Strategies will look at gaps in the region and address assisted-living, nursing care, or other such facilities are possible. A primary goal of this effort will be to link where people live and will live in the future to the existing transportation network. Additional strategies will examine home to work relationships. Benchmarks and metrics will be established for monitoring and evaluation.