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. An Advisory Committee was established by the Commission to develop a prospectus for the plan. The seven counties in the Region and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsequently endorsed the prospectus and agreed to provide financing for the study. HUD provided two-thirds of the needed funds, and the seven counties together provided the remaining one-third.
The first regional housing plan was adopted by the Regional Planning Commission in 1975, and is documented in SEWRPC Planning Report No. 20, A Regional Housing Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin, February 1975. The report is available here.
SEWRPC was not able to undertake the work necessary to revise and extend the first regional housing plan over the next 30 years because of the elimination of Federal housing planning funds administered by HUD in the early 1980’s. SEWRPC managers discussed using a portion of its funding provided for the land use and transportation planning program for housing planning activities with Federal and State transportation program managers, with no success, until permission for housing-related work was granted in 2005 – 2006. Work on a new Regional Housing Plan was initiated in 2008, and was completed in 2013.