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.
Nearly 3,000 students in Kent ISD experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year.
- Kent ISD
30,000 renter households are paying more than 30% of their income on housing.
- City of Grand Rapids Great Housing Strategies
There is not enough affordable housing stock in the county to meet demand.
- Kent County Area Median Income
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.
- emergency shelter
- homelessness prevention assistance
- legal assistance
- permanent housing supports
- affordable housing solutions
- asset development
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.
- Individuals with disabilities
- Older adults
- Returning citizens
- ALICE families and individuals
- Rural families and individuals
- People of color
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