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Media Release

Town of Hilton Head Island to Host Kick-off Meeting with New Housing Consultant

Release Date: September 18, 2018

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

The Town of Hilton Head Island will host a kick-off meeting with Lisa Sturtevant and Associates, a housing consultant firm, at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 20, in the Benjamin M. Racusin Council Chambers at Town Hall, One Town Center Court.

The Town hired Sturtevant and her firm last month to conduct a community assessment of affordable workforce housing needs on Hilton Head Island with the goal of developing a plan to address housing needs for workers on the island. Her firm was chosen from three finalists that bid on the project.

The Alexandria, Virginia-based firm specializes in local economic and housing market analyses, comprehensive housing studies, affordable housing needs assessments, program and policy evaluation and development, and in-person and web-based training on using local data.

Sturtevant, the president and founder of her firm, has led numerous housing studies for local jurisdictions, including Montgomery County, Maryland; City of Rockville, Maryland; James City County, Virginia; Fairfax County, Virginia; Loudoun County, Virginia; and Arlington County, Virginia. She has worked on housing-related research projects for national organizations, including the National Association of Realtors®, AARP, National Housing Conference and Urban Land Institute. She has also recently completed a project for AARP New York on older adult housing needs in New York City, Long Island and Buffalo. She has spoken on local affordable and workforce housing issues in cities and counties throughout the U.S.

Workforce development and affordable housing is one of Town Council’s top priorities. "Our intention is to provide opportunities to address workforce issues including a potential for housing programs targeted toward the mid- to low-income range," said Shawn Colin, deputy director of community development for the Town of Hilton Head Island. Many employers on the island have struggled with having an adequate workforce, which they have attributed to not having adequate housing, he said.

Colin said this will be the first housing strategic plan produced for the Town. Sturtevant is expected to spend six to nine months on the project. During that time, she will meet with Town Council members, Town staff, community and business leaders, and other stakeholders, and develop actionable recommendations for the Town.

For more information, contact Teri Lewis, the Town's LMO official, at 843-341-4698 or teril@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.