Housing Needs Assessment

With CUPPAD acting as fiduciary, in conjunction with Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission (EUP) and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR), fifteen counties (Counties of Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft) will receive support from MSHDA for the completion of a residential Target Market Analysis (TMA).

As an importaMSHDAnt economic development tool, the TMA will assist these communities in acquiring the information needed to understand housing market potentials and preferences, thus allowing them to address, create, and preserve decent affordable housing and to engage in community economic development activities that are the most appropriate.

This regional housing plan/TMA will be a powerful economic tool which can be used to provide documentation of demand necessary to actively spur economic development opportunities throughout our U.P. communities. Without a TMA, we can’t possibly attract development unless we know unmet housing needs. This project can bring everyone to the table, community leaders and housing advocates included, to work toward a common goal around articulating our current conditions so we can focus on future housing opportunities moving forward.

After months of research, stakeholder interviews, and data analysis, the TMA was completed in June 2016. A public Focus Group was held at CUPPAD on May 24, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to discuss the TMA findings related to the six counties in the Central Upper Peninsula.  View the Meeting Invite Here: Residential TMA Concluding Meeting Announcement. While the meeting was open to the public, developers, housing professionals and advocates and local government officials may find it pertinent to their on-going policy making decisions and efforts to facilitate redevelopment and reinvestment in their communities.

The following TMA reports were discussed at the Focus Group.