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Howard County launches online housing survey for residents

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 11:21:56-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County has launched the Housing Opportunities Master Plan public survey for residents to complete online.

“As our region continues to grow, it is critical that we have a better understanding of how to preserve housing opportunities for all ages, abilities, and income levels and create a Master Plan that will improve the quality of life for all residents," said County Executive Calvin Ball.

Last fall the county formed the Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force, and so far this is what they've found according to the county:

The region is growing as new jobs are created, and these jobs are bringing more workers to the area than the amount of new housing that is being built.

Howard County is more affluent than many of its neighbors, with more families and middle-aged households. This dynamic is partially created by its housing supply and then reinforced by limited new supply additions.

The vast majority of low- and moderate-income households are spending more than 30% of their incomes on housing, and these cost burdens are disproportionately felt by diverse populations.

The types of households that are under-served by the market today are economically and demographically diverse, and all require a greater amount and diversity of housing than what exists in Howard County today.

All responses to the survey are anonymous.