We can heal the hurt of the housing crisis and of climate change for thousands of Michiganders. Our proposal will make buying, renting and living in healthy, comfortable homes fit the budgets of Michiganders while improving our communities and environment. This aligns right with the first-ever Statewide Housing Plan put forth by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in spring 2022.
The members of Resilient Homes Michigan have asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to invest over $1.6 billion of must-spend state and federal funds into affordable, healthy homes. That would be the largest one-time housing investment in Michigan’s history.
Here is some of what our plan calls for. (You can read the full proposal here.)
We must invest $1 billion into a whole home retrofit program that will make existing low-income homes safer, more comfortable and more affordable. We will do this by repairing the roofs and plumbing and removing toxins like lead and asbestos from 10,000 Michigan homes. We will fix drafty windows, remove missing insulation and electrify 20,000 Michigan homes. And we will enable 5,000 Michiganders to purchase solar on their property.
We must build healthy, affordable homes for low-income residents. By investing $300 million, we can build 3,000 new, single-family houses.
We must build homes that the middle class can afford. Small homes, duplexes, rowhomes are crucial for first-time homebuyers and the middle class, but they are hard to find. We want to invest millions of dollars into these “missing middle” homes.
We must provide 8,000 workers paid, on-the-job training to properly build and retrofit homes to be healthy and affordable. Then we want to provide bonuses to 1,000 more to stay or come to these jobs.
This investment can come at no better time. Housing costs are high. Billions of dollars must be spent by the state. And the Michigan State Housing Development Authority has put forth its own housing plan that parallels our own.
You can help turn this proposal into law: