Thank you to our amazing intern Ugochi Ndupu and our partners at the Ecology Center for creating this amazing infographic to show the connections between affordable housing and climate action!

Infographic on why affordable housing is good for the climate

To learn more, register for the upcoming Ecology Center webinar: 

Affordable Housing is a Climate Justice Solution: The Ann Arbor Affordable Housing Ballot Proposal

When: Sept 30th, 2020 at 5:30 pm EST

Register Here

Yard signs are great, but voters deserve a bit more details about how Prop C will expand affordable housing. Please help get the word out by volunteering to distribute literature. You can either join us for a socially-distanced group lit drop or email [email protected] to get a map, a stack of handouts, and head out on your own.

As we come into the final stretch here are our remaining lit drops: :

Email [email protected] to sign up for a shift and to help Ann Arbor be the caring, inclusive community it wants to be.

Get your Yard sign Today

Show your support for affordable housing with a Partners for Affordable Housing Yard Sign! Pick yours up today! We have several self-service pickup locations across Ann Arbor, or request a delivery through our contact form. Want to help out a bit more? Make a donation!

Yard Sign Pickup Locations

  • Detroit Street Filling Station, 300 Detroit St.
  • 1619 Waltham drive
  • 3580 Oakwood
  • 1825 Pontiac Trail
  • 618 Gott
  • 1231 Baldwin
  • 1442 Pine Valley Blvd
  • 2020 Winewood 
  • 504 W William St
  • 2301 Manchester Rd. 

Partners for Affordable Housing is having our first literature drop this weekend! 

If we want to pass Prop C, secure funding for affordable housing and show that our community lives our progressive values, we need your help!  Sign up to help with the lit drop to help us share the message that Prop C is needed to keep our community an inclusive and vibrant place! 

Lit dropping is an easy and COVID-19-safe way to get the Yes on Affordable Housing message direct to voters by delivering campaign material direct to their doors. Get outside, get your steps in, and make a difference for affordable housing!


Ann Arbor City Council Passes Affordable Housing Millage Ballot Language

Affordable Housing Advocates:

Great news!  On July 27th , after 4-hours of discussion and a couple amendments, Ann Arbor City Council voted UNANIMOUSLY to put the affordable housing millage proposal on the November 2020 ballot! Voters will now get to decide in November about whether to approve the millage, and our polling suggests strong voter support.

If you and/or your organization haven’t endorsed the millage yet, please considering doing so! Join the growing list of organizations  that are already supporting the millage, and the ballot committee Partners for Affordable Housing. We will be publishing a list of individual supporters soon.

Also, consider supporting Partners for Affordable Housing so that we have the resources to provide voter education about the millage.

Thank you all for your advocacy work to get us to this point. We are so excited for this opportunity for our community to add approximately 1,500 units of affordable housing over the next 20-years!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Contact Ann arbor city council members!

WHA shared the following advocacy alert with their supporters: 

On Monday, July 27th, the Ann Arbor City Council will re-consider a resolution about placing an affordable housing millage on the ballot in November 2020, and we need your help to ensure voters are able to decide on it!

The proposed millage would support building, maintaining, and acquiring housing permanently affordable to low-income households making no income up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) and providing social services for the residents of such housing.

Please help us to ensure this millage will appear on the November 2020 ballot by reaching out to Ann Arbor City Council Members by way of writing a personal email or making a personal phone call. By providing a personal message about why this is so important to you, your opinion will more likely be heard!

Details about the City Council Meeting on Monday, 7/27

  • Meeting Agenda can be found here
  • Agenda Item DC-1 is the Resolution to Order Election and to Determine Ballot Question for Charter Amendment for the 2021 Affordable Housing Millage (7 Votes Required)

Contact City Council Members

  • Click here to search for Individual Council Member Emails and Phone Numbers OR
  • Click here to email All Council Members at Once
  • Ask Council to Vote YES on DC-1; make your message personal

Want to learn more about the millage proposal? 

 

 


Contact Ann arbor city council members

Affordable Housing Advocates:

On Monday, July 20th, the Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution about placing an affordable housing millage on the ballot in November 2020, and we need your help to ensure voters are able to decide on it!

The need for sustainable affordable housing has been apparent in our city for years – even decades. The proposed millage would support building, maintaining, and acquiring housing permanently affordable to low-income households making no income up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) and providing social services for the residents of such housing.

In recent polling, 77% of voters supported a proposed millage, and when asked – aside from COVID-19 or racial equality – which problem or issue they were most concerned about, “availability of affordable housing” was the top concern (24%). If approved by the voters in November 2020:

  • We estimate the millage would raise approximately $6.3 million per year for a period of 20-years.
  • Support the development of approximately 1,500 units of affordable housing, housing up to 3,700 people.
  • For every $250,000 in market value and $125,000 in taxable value, the millage proposal would increase taxes for homeowners by $125 per year.

Please help us to ensure this millage will appear on the November 2020 ballot by reaching out to Ann Arbor City Council Members by way of writing a personal email or making a personal phone call. By providing a personal message about why this is so important to you, your opinion will more likely be heard!

Details about Monday’s City Council Meeting

  • Meeting Agenda can be found here 
  • Agenda Item DC-6 is the Resolution to Order Election and to Determine Ballot Question for Charter Amendment for the 2021 Affordable Housing Millage (7 Votes Required)

Contact City Council Members

  • Click here to search for Individual Council Member Emails and Phone Numbers OR
  • Click here to email All Council Members at Once
  • Ask Council to Vote YES on DC-6; make your message personal

Check out the below resources for more information on the proposed millage:

 

July 13, 2020

Ann Arbor, MI – Partners for Affordable Housing, a broad coalition of nonprofits and concerned citizens interested in helping the City achieve its affordable housing goals, together with Michigan-based top rated pollster EPIC MRA, has just completed a survey of City of Ann Arbor voters.  The poll, which was paid for by a grant the Washtenaw Housing Alliance received from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, explored voters’ potential support for a proposed millage that would provide dedicated funding for the purpose of building, acquiring, and maintaining permanently affordable housing and related social services for low-income families and individuals earning 0-60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The polling results showed 77% of City of Ann Arbor voters expressed support for the proposal and would vote for such a millage in November. Notably, 3 out of 4 respondents from every ward supported such a millage.  If approved by the voters, the millage would raise approximately $6.3 million per year for a period of 20 years and support the development of approximately 1500 units of affordable housing, housing up to 3700 people.  For every $250,000 in market value and $125,000 in taxable value, the millage proposal would increase taxes for homeowners by $125 per year.

In 2015, the Washtenaw County’s Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) released the County Housing Affordability and Economic Equity – Analysis, which found that Ann Arbor needs to add 2,797 non-student affordable rental units by 2035 to meet need, increase equity, reduce segregation, and positively impact the economy.  This equates to the addition of 140 affordable units annually in Ann Arbor. Thus far the City has not been able to achieve the annual development goals established in 2015 and is projected to fall short of its overall affordable housing development goal by 2035.  In fact, since the 2015 report was published, the County has seen a net loss of 800 affordable housing units as private owners/developers of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects have converted their projects to market-rate housing once their affordability commitments expired.

As part of an effort to address this housing shortfall, a 2019 feasibility analysis requested by Ann Arbor City Council determined that 1400-1600 new units of affordable housing could be built on nine underutilized City-owned properties.  In addition, one of the high-impact recommendations in the 2015 report to grow the supply of affordable housing is to “explore millage, bonds and/or other methods of assembling adequate resources to meet affordable housing unit targets based on history of unit support and projected costs of future developments.”  The proposed millage would fund the development of these units and related support services for residents. In addition to this feasibility study–and as noted by Council Members in the July 6th, 2020 City Council meeting–the City has taken action on another high-impact recommendation from the 2015 report by working to leverage DDA funds for the development of affordable properties. However, the dearth of affordable housing and the lack of development of more affordable housing continues to be an issue.

When asked – aside from COVID-19 or racial equality – which problem or issue they were most concerned about, “availability of affordable housing” was the top concern (24%), followed by “improving the quality of area schools” (20%) and “protecting the environment in the area” (12%). When asked about the issue of homelessness in Ann Arbor, 90% of respondents indicated that “adopting local programs to provide long-term solutions to provide permanent affordable housing and related support services,” was important to them. 

Says Annie Hyrila, Outreach Team Leader with Avalon Housing, “While we’ve made progress as a community, we have hundreds of people on a by-name list right now who are homeless in our community. We’ve also witnessed a recent uptick in the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness who have serious health issues. They are struggling to safely isolate or stay in quarantine during the pandemic. We’re in the process of moving someone into housing, for example, who’s been homeless in our community for over ten years. People shouldn’t have to wait that long for a safe and decent place to call home.”

53% of respondents indicated that providing permanent affordable housing and related support services was “absolutely essential.”  Families with children, households earning $55-75,000 annually and voters ages 18-34 were most likely to consider providing affordable housing and related support services “absolutely essential.”

Says Ian Robinson, President of the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation (HVALF) and Treasurer of Partners for Affordable Housing, “Citizens and government leaders at both the City and County level have known about the lack of affordable housing in our community for years now.  This is a growing problem that is an urgent priority for many working people. This poll demonstrates the community’s willingness to support a millage to provide housing for working people and help those who struggle with homelessness in Ann Arbor. HVALF delegates voted unanimously to endorse this millage campaign and to encourage members of our local unions to ask their City Council members to put it on the ballot so they can vote for it.”

Council Members Chip Smith and Elizabeth Nelson plan to bring forth a resolution to the City Council for a November 2020 ballot proposal that seeks voter approval for the millage.

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