Comprehensive Housing Assessment and Market Study Project

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Current Size: 80%

A key tenet of the Harrisonburg City Council’s Vision & Priorities plan is: Available Housing for All. One objective of this priority was to complete a comprehensive housing plan.

To address this objective, the City contracted with Mullin & Lonergan Associates, Inc., in July 2020 to partner with staff on the citywide Comprehensive Housing Assessment and Market Study. The more than 200-page report, the first ever conducted by the City, views housing needs through the lens of social determinants of health, introduced by the World Health Organization, to quantify existing housing supply, assess demand for different housing types, identify barriers to meeting demands, and list potential policy tools to address housing gaps. 

The study produced 21 recommendations structured to establish a foundation to address affordable housing now and in the future. 


Project Milestones


Final Study Documents, January 2021


Presentation to City Council - January 12, 2021

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Mullin & Lonergan presented the findings and recommendations of the Comprehensive Housing Assessment & Market Study to City Council. 


Virtual Public Meeting - November 19, 2020

City staff and Mullin & Lonergan hosted a virtual public meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020 to present findings of the initial draft of the City’s Comprehensive Housing Assessment & Market Study and received comments and questions from the public. 


Questions? Contact Adam Fletcher, Director of Community Development at or 540-432-7700. 


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