Housing

 

Housing

Securing a decent home within a suitable living environment represents a highly desired, but often elusive, goal for many individuals and families residing in the Southeastern Wisconsin Region. In the late 1960s SEWRPC, responding to a request from the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, determined that a housing plan would constitute a major contribution to the efforts of those in the public and private sectors who focus on housing and housing related issues on a day-to-day basis. The first regional housing plan was adopted in 1975.  An updated plan was adopted in 2013.

While housing is generally provided by the private sector, there are a number of public policy considerations that need to be taken into account. These include the proper coordination of housing development with other aspects of comprehensive regional development, including job locations; the regulation by the public sector of the development of housing by the private sector; discriminatory activity relative to the sale and rental of housing; and the determination of the extent to which the public sector should help provide housing for those households and individuals who have housing needs that cannot be adequately met owing to inadequate financial resources or disabilities.

Regional Housing Plan: 2035

A new regional housing plan was adopted by the Regional Planning Commission in March 2013.  The plan includes 50 recommendations organized by six major topic areas: affordable housing for households of all income levels; fair housing to help overcome housing discrimination and the concentration of minority and low-income populations in portions of the Region; the balance between job wages and housing costs in communities with sanitary sewer service, which accommodate most of the jobs in the Region; housing that is accessible to persons with disabilities; the need for additional subsidized and tax credit housing; and housing development practices. 

Implementation of the regional housing plan would:

  • Help provide decent and affordable housing for all residents of the Region;
  • Help address the concentration of minority and low-income populations in the central cities of Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Racine, and increase diversity in all communities in the Region;
  • Support economic development in the Region by providing housing affordable to the existing and projected future workforce;
  • Help provide enough accessible housing to meet the needs of persons with disabilities;
  • Help provide enough subsidized housing to meet the needs of very low income households, and also help address the problem of dilapidated, substandard, and unsafe housing in the Region; and
  • Promote more compact urban development that is more efficient and economical to provide with public services. 

 

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Affordable Housing

The regional housing plan recommends the development and maintenance of affordable housing throughout the Southeastern Wisconsin Region.

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Fair Housing/Housing Discrimination

Federal and State laws make housing discrimination illegal against any individual in one or more of several named protected classes. The year 2035 regional housing plan examines and reports on available evidence of housing discrimination and summarizes legal requirements regarding fair housing practices.

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The Job / Housing Balance

One of the challenges facing the region relates to the imbalance between jobs and housing, particularly with respect to adequate supplies of affordable housing stock near emerging employment centers. The year 2035 regional housing plan analyzed this situation and developed recommendations to address this aspect of the housing problem.

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Accessible Housing

The year 2035 regional housing plan describes construction practices and legal requirements that tend to increase the number of new housing units that are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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Subsidized and Tax Credit Housing

Publicly subsidized housing remains an important avenue of meeting housing needs within the region. The year 2035 regional housing plan identifies the number and distribution of subsidized units, addresses the problems associated with extending the life of the existing subsidized housing stock, and articulates the lessons learned over the past several decades in determining the type, amount, and location of subsidized housing units.

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Best Housing Practices

The year 2035 regional housing plan describes best housing practices not only in the region, but throughout the State of Wisconsin and nation. This extends to case studies of successful efforts to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing and examples of environmentally responsible residential development practices.

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Housing Trust Funds

Addressing the Region’s housing needs will require greater public sector coordination, greater private sector participation, and interjurisdictional collaboration that address both the supply side of the equation and the demand side. The regional housing plan recommends the establishment of a regional Housing Trust Fund for Southeastern Wisconsin (HTF-SW).

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Housing Foreclosures

One of the results of the national economic recession and related housing crisis that began in late 2007 was a significant increase in foreclosures and abandoned homes in the Southeastern Wisconsin Region.

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Impacts of Home Building On Local Governments and Economy

An analysis of the economic impacts of home building in the Region and a comparison of costs to revenue for County and local governments associated with the development of new housing was conducted as part of the planning process by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the request of SEWRPC.

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Socio-Economic Impact Analysis

SEWRPC’s Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) requested that a socio-economic impact analysis be conducted for all regional plans prepared by SEWRPC. SEWRPC contracted with UW-Milwaukee to conduct a socio-economic impact analysis of the regional housing plan.

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Public Meetings

Three series of public meetings took place during the planning process for the year 2035 Regional Housing Plan.

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Legacy (1975) SEWRPC Regional Housing Plan

SEWRPC, responding to a request from the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee in the late 1960’s, determined that a housing plan would constitute a major contribution to the efforts of those in the public and private sectors who focus on housing and housing related issues on a day-to-day basis.

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Newsletters

The links here provide access to newsletters developed during the planning process for the year 2035 Regional Housing Plan.

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Related Materials

Links to housing-related reports and data from other agencies and organizations can be accessed here.

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Kenneth R. Yunker, P.E.
Executive Director
262-547-6722, Ext. 211
 
Nancy M. Anderson, AICP
Chief Community Assistance Planner
262-953-3212
 
Benjamin R. McKay
Principal Planner
262-953-3229
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