Battle Creek struggles with fair housing options

November 17, 2013
City officials say they are committed to improving the community’s access to fair housing options after a study found socioeconomic inequality in local neighborhoods, employer recommendations to live outside Battle Creek and limited types of housing in certain parts of town.
     The city-funded report, published in July, found those factors and continued cuts to federal funding have created challenges for helping minorities, disabled people and low- to moderate-income residents find suitable housing.
     The $18,000 study included input from public officials, representatives from the real estate industry and the social services sector.
     Chris Lussier, Battle Creek’s community development supervisor, said city officials are working on an action plan.