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​​​​​​​​ Diverse Housing Goal 

Provide high quality, safe, efficient, and affordable housing choices to meet the current and future needs of our community, particularly for homeless and low-income households​

How are we doing?

The recent Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis commissioned by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development recommended adding 2,797 new affordable housing rentals in Ann Arbor. This plan was adopted by the City of Ann Arbor in 2015, and its recommendations will help provide more housing options for city residents. 

Creating affordable housing goes beyond building new units. Taking steps to increase the energy efficiency of existing housing units also lowers monthly housing costs. While Ann Arbor's housing costs are increasing, the City, Washtenaw County, and the Ann Arbor Housing Commission​ are working to provide a variety of affordable and efficient housing solutions to residents. ​

What are the indicators?

Percent of Public Housing Meeting Enterprise Green Communities Standards ​                                        

​In the past couple of years, the AAHC has taken great strides to retrofit their apartments to meet Enterprise Green Communities Standards. As of August 2016, 71% of the AAHC's housing now meets Enterprise Green Communities Standards, which means more comfortable and more energy efficient homes for some of our lowest-income residents.

Source: Ann Arbor Housing Commission


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Percent Affordable Housing                                   

Nearly 40% of households in Ann Arbor pay 30% or more of their household income on rent. The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is taking steps to increase affordable housing countywide. ​

Source: 2014 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates



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What way cool projects are underway?​

Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis

  • The Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis for Washtenaw County (2015) notes that Ann Arbor housing costs are expected to increase, making the area of the county with the most jobs, educational opportunities and amenities unaffordable and unavailable to a majority of the county's population. As a result, lower income residents move to more affordable areas like Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township.  In the case of low-income renters or owners, that results in a concentration of poverty in several neighborhoods in these communities.

Ann Arbor Housing Commission

  • ​AAHC is redeveloping 100% of its sites over the next few years and anticipates building 50 additional housing units. A new project at North Maple Estates includes 46 energy efficiency housing units. Six apartments in a demonstration project on-site will showcase energy efficiency, low-toxicity, and durable design strategies. 


Where are we now?
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​Poor​Not Assessed
Where are we going?​ ​
​Getting Better​Stable
​Getting Worse​Unknown​​