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Door County

Door County is the first of three communities to participate in the rural affordable workforce housing pilot process. The Door County Pilot Design Team began the process on December 18th, 2020, with a target completion date in June 2021.  

According to the Door County Housing Analysis, housing demand in the county is driven by distinct market dynamics:

  • Job growth for entry-level employees in health care, education and manufacturing has taken place along with a corresponding lack of new apartment construction. 
  • Strong demand for homes by second home buyers. 
  • New retailers and restaurants have increased the demand for seasonal employee housing.

Source: Door County Economic Development Corporation. (2019). Door County Housing Analysis.

Core areas of focus

The Door County Pilot Design Team identified a set of core focus areas to guide their work:

  • Financing - how developers, communities and prospective home buyers can get access to financing options to build and purchase housing which is affordable to working households. 
  • New construction - how new single family and multifamily homes can be designed and built affordably for working households in Door County.
  • Public perception - how to change what people think about affordable housing, so that they may see it as an asset to their community. 

Progress summaries

Learn more about the pilot design process in Door County by reading the progress summaries below. This will be updated at the end of each phase of the pilot design process. 

Door County Pilot Project Timeline

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Pilot Communities Announced

October 20, 2020

Finalist communities are announced by WHEDA for the Rural Affordable Workforce Housing Pilot

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Pilot Kickoff

December 18, 2020

The Door County Pilot Design Team is introduced, and begin organizing our work together and planning for our community-based research on the local workforce housing affordability challenge.

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Research Sprint

December 2020 –
February 2021

The Door County Pilot Design Team conducts a series of engagement workshops with community stakeholders who are impact by and work closely to the local workforce housing challenge, informing our work as we gear up for generating ideas.

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Ideation Sessions

February 18 - 19, 2021

A two-day workshop is held for the Door County Pilot Design Team to gather and reflect on our data, and make decisions which opportunities to pursue further on the second day, where we open the doors to host public brainstorming session with community members and other local stakeholders.

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Prototyping Sprint

February – March 2021

Based on the ideas generated during the Ideation Sessions, the Door County Pilot Design Team begins developing tangible concepts, ultimately testing and prototyping a select few which demonstrate the greatest potential to be both feasible and sustainable

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Action Workshop

April 8 - 9th, 2021

The final two-day workshop for the Door County Pilot Design Team to prepare for the implementation phase. During Day 1, the Team will evaluate and prioritize concepts developed during the Prototyping Spring. On Day 2, the Team will share out to a wide audience of stakeholders and community members to solicit feedback and insights on our concepts

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Implementation Planning

April – June 2021

The Door county Pilot Design Team begins developing a series of pilots, based on the concepts prioritized during the Action Workshop. The Team will continue to engage with practitioners, subject matter experts, and community members, in order to create a clear plan for the final pilot solutions.

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Door County Webinars

Title Date Video Presentation Deck
Rural Affordable Workforce Housing Pilot Concept Feedback Session April 9, 2021 Watch the Webinar View the PowerPoint Presentation
Rural Affordable Workforce Housing Pilot Concept Feedback Session April 8, 2021 Watch the Webinar View the PowerPoint Presentation