Heart of West Michigan United Way invests nearly $1.3 million into local housing programs

This year, $1,270,000 from Heart of West Michigan United Way's Community Investment Fund will go to 15 local housing programs to ensure that people who live in West Michigan have safe, affordable homes.

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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

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Nearly 3,000 students in Kent County experienced homelessness during the school year. 

- Kent ISD

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1 in 5 households spend more than 35% of their income on housing.

- City of Grand Rapids Great Housing Strategies

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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

United Way knows that poverty and the effects of poverty affect people disproportionately. Therefore, they seek out partnerships an programs that effectively 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

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