Housing Studies/Historical Context
Beginning in the early 1990s, the City of East Lansing sponsored a series of studies of the City’s housing market. These studies ranged from targeted analyses of the types of homes and housing tenure available to city residents, the demand for various types of housing as well as the impact of City policies on its housing market. The final reports have been compiled and made available below in order to better frame the conversation around East Lansing’s housing stock and better inform the most recent market study. It's the City's hope that this will spur a vibrant discussion about the City’s housing needs which will ultimately inform the path or paths the City should take moving forward.
Senior Housing Survey 2014
This report was based on a senior survey and two community forums conducted in 2013 by the Friends of the East Lansing Seniors Program, the Prime Time Seniors Program and the City of East Lansing with the intention gaining a clearer sense of the housing needs of seniors living in or desiring to live in the City. The survey addressed issues such as housing design and accessibility, affordability and location. The survey and forums found that many senior residents would like to live either downtown or close to campus. View the 2014 Senior Housing Survey (PDF).
Regional Housing Studies, 2013-2014
In 2013 and 2014, two separate studies were published that looked at housing from a regional, not just local, perspective. The first of these studies, published in 2013, took a corridor-based approach as it examined the state of housing markets along Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue, from Lansing to the eastern edge of Ingham County. The second study, published the following year, was a HUD study focused on the need for affordable housing as represented by 20 communities located throughout the Tri-County region comprising Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties. The reports have been posted in their entirety below:
- Target Market Analysis - October 2013 (PDF)
- Tri-County Regional Affordable Housing Study - May 2014 (PDF)
Overlay Districts Summary - October 2010
In January 2010, the Rental Restriction Overlay District Committee was formed to study the impact of the overlay zones that had been implemented in various part of the City from 2004 to 2006. Specifically, the Committee was tasked with determining what effect, if any, the overlays had on the local real estate market, and more specifically on housing affordability, foreclosure rate, home prices, and the number of vacant homes.