Housing Needs Assessments

What is a "Housing Needs Assessment"?

Typically, housing needs assessments are utilized by local entities such as government, economic development, chamber of commerce, and social service organizations as well as private developers and non-profit groups to identify housing issues and provide solutions through analysis. This assessment provides the foundation for future housing initiatives, policy decisions, special needs development projects (e.g., homeless, disabled, etc.) and secure financing for these important housing projects.

What data do you incorporate into this assessment?

Our assessment compiles specific demographic data, economic characteristics and trends, current housing inventory and characteristics, government policies’ and incentives, and community services’ availability and adequacy. We incorporate stakeholders and resident interviews to provide insight related to housing challenges perceived by the community.

Who would need this assessment?

The analysis quantifies housing units needed in the market by tenure (rental vs. for-sale), price point, bedroom type, and market segment (e.g., families, seniors, disabled, young professionals, etc.). We recommend how to achieve housing goals utilizing this data, local market initiatives, and our experience. Our data can be curated to meet your community’s specific needs, such as community land that can be optimized for new housing developments, adaptive reuse of existing structures, submarket analysis, or other site-specific needs. We can customize your project to meet your needs.

When can I anticipate the delivery of our project?

Due to this type of assessment’s in-depth nature, the time this takes varies, but the average is 4-6 months. For example, we did the state of Texas, which took 18 months. We aim to keep the client engaged during this process and are always available to provide your project’s status.

Work Elements

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Completed Housing Needs Assessments

Below is a list of housing needs assessments that our firm has completed. If you would like to view of one of our completed studies or would like a sample RFP to begin the process of contracting your own study, please fill out the form on our contact page and we will send you the requested sample(s) as soon as we can.

Allegan CountyMIAllegan County Community Foundation2023
Oceana CountyMIDogwood Community Development2023
Mason CountyMIMason County Chamber Alliance2023
Muskegon CountyMICommunity Foundation for Muskegon County2023
Northern (10 Counties)MIHousing North2023
Lebanon CountyPALebanon County Coalition to End Homelessness2023
Marshall CountyWVMarshall County Commission2023
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2023
Firelands Region (4 Counties)OHFirelands Forward2023
Johnson CityTNCity of Johnson City2023
MuskegonMICity of Muskegon, Michigan2023
Grand RapidsMIGrand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce2022
New Hanover CountyNCNew Hanover County Finance Department2022
Rowan CountyKYMorehead-Rowan County Economic Development Council2022
Cherokee CountyNCEconomic and Workforce Development, Tri-County Community College2022
Yancey CountyNCYancey County2022
Wood CountyWVWood County Development Authority & Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development Corporation2022
DetroitMIDetroit Cultivator Community Land Trust2022
SpindaleNCTown of Spindale2022
RutherfordtonNCTown of Rutherfordton2022
PittsboroNCMills Construction Company2022
Ottawa CountyMIHOUSING NEXT2022
KirksvilleMOCity of Kirksville, Missouri2022
Dare CountyNCCoastal Affordable Housing2022
Barren CountyKYThe Barren County Economic Authority2022
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2022
OwensboroKYCity of Owensboro2022
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2022
High CountryNCNC REALTORS2022
Avery CountyNCAvery County2022
Denver MetroCOAmaktoolik Studios, LLC2021
DaytonOHSt. Mary Development Corp.2021
Ottawa CountyMIHOUSING NEXT2021
Georgetown CountySCGeorgetown County2021
DurhamNCKelley Development Company2021
Western (18 Counties)NCDogwood Health Trust2021
Carteret CountyNCCarteret County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.2021
GiddingsTXGiddings Economic Development Corporation2021
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2021
Georgetown CountySCGeorgetown County2021
AustinINAustin Redevelopment Commission2020
Ann ArborMISmith Group, Inc.2020
New Hanover CountyNCNew Hanover County Finance Department2020
OxfordOHCity of Oxford - Community Development Department2020
Wilkes CountyNCWilkes Economic Development Corporation2020
CharlestonWVCharleston Area Alliance2020
FerrumVACounty of Franklin (Virginia)2020
ErwinTNUnicoi County Economic Development Board2020
MorgantownWVCity of Morgantown (WV)2020
Grand RapidsMIGrand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce2020
ElkinNCElkin Economic Development Department2020
RichlandsVATown of Richlands, Virginia2020
YoungstownOHYoungstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC)2020
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2020
AshevilleNCCity of Asheville Community and Economic Development Department2020
OwensboroKYCity of Owensboro2019
Lac Courte Oreilles ReservationWILac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College2019
Taylor CountyWVTaylor County Development Authority2019
Frankstown Twp.PAWoda Cooper Companies, Inc.2019
Cleveland CountyNCCleveland County Government2019
Buncombe CountyNCCity of Asheville Community and Economic Development Department2019
ZanesvilleOHCity of Zanesville Department of Community Development2019
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2019
Bowling GreenKYCity of Bowling Green Kentucky2019
Ottawa CountyMIHOUSING NEXT2018
Burke CountyNCBurke County Board of REALTORS2018
Beaufort CountySCBeaufort County2018
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2018
DublinGACity of Dublin Purchasing Departments2018
Yellow SpringsOHVillage of Yellow Springs2017
St. JohnsburyVTTown of St. Johnsbury2017
Spokane Indian ReservationWASpokane Indian Housing Authority2017
HarrisburgPAMV Residential Development LLC2017
CanonsburgPAMV Residential Development LLC2017
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2016
Preble CountyOHH.I.T. Foundation2016
Penobscot Nation ReservationMEPenobscot Nation Housing Department2016
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2015
ClevelandOHDetroit Shoreway Community Development Organization2015
CharlestonWVCharleston Area Alliance2015
StatewideVTVermont Department of Housing & Community Development2015
EvansvilleINCity of Evansville, IN - Department of Metropolitan Development2014
NederlandCOTown of Nederland, Colorado2014
Fort WayneINCity of Fort Wayne Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services2014
JoplinMOCity of Joplin, Planning & Community Development Department2014
Spring LakeNCCumberland County Community Development2014
SpringfieldILGreater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, The2013
MorgantownWVMain Street Morgantown, WV2013
Rock IslandILRock Island Housing Authority2013
PittsburghPAHill House Economic Development Corporation2011
Greene CountyPAGreene County Department of Economic Development2011
Lake CountyMIFiveCap, Inc.2011