What is United Way doing about housing?

This year, we are granting $1,270,000 from our Community Investment Fund to local housing programs. Our goal is to ensure that local families have homes and can afford to live in the neighborhoods they call home.

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THE CHALLENGE

BEST CITY TO RAISE A FAMILY
— Forbes
SECOND BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE USA
— U.S. News and World Report
AN UNDERAPPRECIATED AMERICAN CITY
— Thrillist

but

Nearly 3,000 students in Kent ISD experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year. 

- Kent ISD

but

30,000 renter households are paying more than 30% of their income on housing.

- City of Grand Rapids Great Housing Strategies

but

There is not enough affordable housing stock in the county to meet demand. 

- Kent County Area Median Income

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THE SOLUTION

Emergent Local Needs and Sustainable Solutions

Address emergency housing crises and projects focused on breaking down barriers to obtaining and maintaining stable, affordable, and safe housing. 

SHORT-TERM

  • emergency shelter
  • homelessness prevention assistance
  • legal assistance

LONG TERM

  • permanent housing supports
  • affordable housing solutions
  • asset development

eQUITY

We know that poverty and the effects of poverty affect people disproportionately. Therefore, we seek out partnerships that effectively serve these populations and reduce disparities. 

TARGET POPULATIONS

  • Veterans
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Older adults
  • Returning citizens
  • Youth
  • ALICE families and individuals
  • Rural families and individuals
  • People of color
  • Immigrants
  • Refugees

2017-18 UNITED WAY AGENCY PARTNERS IN HOUSING

Arbor Circle, Community Rebuilders, Dwelling Place, Family Promise of Grand Rapids, Genesis Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Grand Rapids Urban League, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Inner City Christian Federation, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Mel Trotter Ministries, Migrant Legal Aid, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, The Salvation Army Social Services Kent County, Well House, YWCA West Central Michigan