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A2Y Regional Chamber Supports Affordable Housing Millage A2 Voters Will See On The November Ballot

Sep 29, 2020

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber has formally endorsed an affordable housing millage that Ann Arbor voters will see on the November ballot.  

The one-mill is expected to generate $6.5 million a year for the next 20 years and help develop about 1,500 affordable housing units.  The chamber is supporting the millage because affordable housing plays a major role in the success of local businesses.  Andy LaBarre is the executive vice-president.

Andy LaBarre: If you can’t provide housing options for your workforce as a whole, there’s problems there.  And it’s a challenge in terms of talent, both attraction and retention.

The proposed affordable housing units would be reserved for low-income individuals and families who make less than 60% of the Ann Arbor area median income.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu