How did this come about?
There has been talk of a millage to support affordable housing in Ann Arbor for many years. A millage to support affordable housing has been recommended as part of government sponsored reports on issues related to affordable housing and homelessness in both 2007 and 2015.
CM Nelson (W-4), CM Smith (W-5), and Mayor Taylor authored and co-sponsored the current millage that was first considered at the July 20th, 2020 City Council meeting.
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Why 20 years and Not a Shorter Millage?
A 20-year timeline allows for long-term planning and allows us to access certain funding streams such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that require a commitment of affordability and a demonstrated funding stream for at least 15-years. Second, building these projects takes time. While having money available will facilitate building housing, it will not remove certain barriers like federal grant timelines and local zoning and site plan approval processes.
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Why do we need to budget for supportive services?
Supportive services are crucial for many families and individuals needing affordable housing, particularly those at or below 30% AMI. Support services help keep families housed, healthy, and safe. Supportive services can help residents navigate enrolling in programs like Medicaid, WIC, can help make sure that medical needs are being met, can help returning citizens find jobs, and young people leaving foster care navigate living independently.
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