Across the United States, the largest source of carbon emissions is the fuel burned by cars, trucks, and other vehicles. In Washtenaw County, the primary reason for driving is the long commutes to and from work — even during the pandemic, when many workers have started working remotely. Workers here have a long commute because they can’t afford to live in Ann Arbor, the region’s major employment center, where housing prices have skyrocketed.
Housing advocates and community leaders have developed a comprehensive plan to develop affordable housing in Ann Arbor, and the key to the plan is a funding proposal on the November 3 ballot this year. During this special edition of Ecology Center Live, experts in the field of affordable housing will lay out the full story of Ann Arbor’s housing affordability problem, and will explain the ins and outs of the November 3 ballot proposal.
Amanda Carlisle is Executive Director of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, a coalition of about 25 community-based organizations that serve those experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness in Washtenaw County. Prior to joining the WHA, Amanda served as Program Coordinator for the Homeless Action Network of Detroit, and Director of Projects for the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness – now called All Chicago.In addition to her professional work, Amanda also volunteers as a member of the City of Ann Arbor’s Housing & Human Services Advisory Board and as a Board member for the Religious Action for Affordable Housing.
Chuck Warpehoski is the Founder and Chief Change Strategist of Change Works, a consulting firm that works with businesses and organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Chuck served for sixteen years as the Director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in Ann Arbor, and for six years as an elected Ann Arbor City Councilperson.