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Tyler Augst, MS

Posted by msanderson | March 1, 2021

Past Fellow

Tyler Augst, MS
Research Fellow
Michigan State University
Phone: (269) 436-0520
Email: augsttyl@msu.edu

Tyler Augst is a Government & Community Vitality Educator for Southwest Michigan with Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Grant focusing on land use, zoning, planning, and community development. Prior to MSU Extension Tyler spent time working on increasing civic and democratic participation in a variety of K-12, post-secondary settings, including a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District and working with 4-H. Tyler holds B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Sociology from Michigan State University and a M.S. degree in Rural Sociology from Pennsylvania State University.

Augst will work in partnership with Craig Carpenter (MSU) and David Ivan (MSU).

Augst's Work

Best Practices in Suburban Housing Affordability: Understanding, Motivating, and Policy Options

Suburban communities across the United States have different housing strengths and weaknesses; however, they have all experienced a steady rise in median housing prices. Lower housing affordability has a host of negative consequences including increased homelessness, poor health outcomes, unaddressed racial housing inequality, and lower disposable incomes.

Although research and resources often focus on urban and rural areas, an increasing number of suburban areas face housing affordability pressure from rapidly expanding major urban cores. Similar housing pressures face regional metropolitan areas (anchored by smaller cities such as Boise, ID and Spokane, WA), which serve as economic, cultural, social, or health-care hubs for surrounding rural communities.

Applied Research Fellows from Michigan State University developed a position paper on affordable housing, focusing on first and second ring suburban cities and smaller, growing urban centers. This paper will serve as the foundation for determining future opportunities for Extension, such as the development of programming or curricula to help metropolitan leaders establish effective housing policy.

Applied Research Fellows from Michigan State University developed a position paper on affordable housing, focusing on first and second ring suburban cities and smaller, growing urban centers. This paper will serve as the foundation for determining future opportunities for Extension, such as the development of programming or curricula (potentially train-the-trainer) to help metropolitan leaders establish effective housing policy.