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Housing Next Hires Director to Champion Affordable Housing

It takes a person with a special skillset and experience base to lead an effort like this and we are fortunate to have found that person in Ryan Kilpatrick. 

The Housing Next Leadership Council has hired Ryan Kilpatrick as its first Director. Kilpatrick comes from a background in economic development and city planning and he will provide strategic direction to the Council, advocating for greater housing choice and affordability across the region. The new Director of Housing Next is expected to be a strong partner with the regional chambers of commerce, non-profits, local municipalities and the development community to identify opportunities to increase the supply of housing at all price points and execute high quality projects.

“Housing is a key economic issue in the region. Without a diverse range of housing options at areasonable price, our major employers will continue to struggle to attract talent into our communities,” said Jennifer Owens, President of Lakeshore Advantage. “With Ryan in this role, we’re hopeful that we can shift the momentum so the people who work in our communities can also afford to live here.”

Kilpatrick has an extensive background in community planning, development finance, and public engagement. He previously worked for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is a certified planner and economic development finance professional. In this position, he will focus on both workforce housing solutions and market-driven solutions to make workforce housing affordable for all in the greater Ottawa County region.

"I am inspired by the quality of work and the level of collaboration that has already been achieved by Ottawa Housing Next. It is an honor to lead this new initiative and continue to actively address the housing needs in this region," said Kilpatrick.

Housing Next is a cross-sector collaborative initiative involving nonprofit, government, and business partners that have strived to create and promote a strong economic case for additional workforce housing units in the greater Ottawa County region of Michigan. 

The Community Foundation was involved in the multi-year planning process called “Ottawa Housing Next” which identified the core strategies and principals that guide Housing Next into this action phase. CFHZ is taking on an increased leadership role through our grant and having our President/CEO, Mike Goorhouse, serve as Co-Chair of the Leadership Council along with Holly Johnson, President/CEO of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. The Council also will include representatives from the West Coast Chamber, Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Ottawa County, Lakeshore Advantage and Community SPOKE.



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