Housing Studies

Affordable Housing Preservation Strategy

In partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and the Wayne County Regional Land Bank, this study will examine the housing market in the County, broaden the understanding of the components of a healthy housing mix and provide decision-makers with programmatic and regulatory response to the housing climate. The study will help quantify the need for the preservation of existing units, new housing, rehabilitation, and the unmet demand of quality affordable housing . Wayne County has not completed a comprehensive housing affordability study since 1995. Since then, the housing conditions and needs have changed and now, the community is in need of an updated strategy. 

Derelict Property Study

Wayne County commissioned a Derelict Properties Strategy Plan, funded in part by Federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to assist The County, local municipalities, the Wayne County Regional Land Bank, and other local stakeholders in prioritizing the use of limited local resources to address County-wide property dereliction. For this Plan, a Derelict Properties Database was created to inventory the location and types of derelict properties found throughout the County. This database was analyzed to identify three initial Strategic Areas for redevelopment plans and recommendations, to serve as templates for villages and towns throughout the County, maximizing impact by addressing clusters of derelict properties. The plan provides tools for assessing the condition of derelict properties and prioritizing action on them. The plan provides county-wide recommendations and strategies to address derelict properties based on a vision, goals, and objectives and an economic, market, and housing analysis.