affordable housing

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Inner City Christian Federation has closed on the purchase of 177 properties with 150 of those single-family homes located in Greater Grand Rapids and Wyoming. As ICCF leadership explains the acquisition is one way to preserve affordable housing at a time when rents and home prices are quickly climbing.

“We are excited to be a part of preserving the affordability of housing in our community.”

Ryan VerWys is President and CEO of Inner City Christian Federation.

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Built by local non-profit Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, an army veteran, his wife and children are just days away from moving into their brand new house. Jon and Lindsay Droski learned the non-profit had accepted their application more than a year ago when Habitat Kent called her on the phone and gave her the good news. 

“I couldn’t believe it,” Lindsay said. “I started jumping up and down, and I ran down to the main floor telling everybody I worked with. It was a great, phenomenal feeling to hear those words: ‘we’re going to build you a house.’

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The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

Findings from an internal investigation by the Kent County Land Bank authority were released this week, and the study's conclusions were welcome news to county officials.

“I’m just very pleased with the results of this, I have always felt good about the work that we do, and it’s really nice to have it validated,” Ken Parrish, the Kent County Treasurer and Kent County Land Bank Authority Board Chair said.

The Grand Rapids housing market is the most competitive it's been in memory--that's according to a number of real estate brokers in the area who cite an influx of people moving to Kent County coupled with a shortage of houses available for first time buyers as the cause. 

“Quite honestly, I’ve been doing this for 26 years now, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bob Novosad, managing broker for Keller Williams Realty said.

Organized by movement Grand Rapids Homes for All, dozens of people showed up to the City Commission’s meeting in an effort to put pressure on the commission to address the affordable housing crisis. Grand Rapids Homes for All’s Jolanda Howe says the city needed to hear firsthand from real people who are suffering. 

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Three Grand Rapids-based affordable housing construction projects just received more than 7 million dollars in federal housing tax credits.  City officials say the tax credits are important in helping the projects come to life and provide much needed housing. WGVU’S Jennifer Moss talked with Kara Wood, Managing Director of Economic Development for the City of Grand Rapids.

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Three Grand Rapids-based affordable housing construction projects just received more than 7 million dollars in federal housing tax credits.  City officials say the tax credits are important in helping the projects come to life and provide much needed housing.

“So at a time when community is, we’ll be able to deliver over 164 units over the next 12 – 24 months.”

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Grand Rapids downtown rents are rising, making affordable housing hard to come by for local artists.  Major developments could receive a funding boost under proposed legislation.  

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A three-state fair housing complaint against a property management company filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has its roots in west Michigan.

WGVU speaks with Elizabeth Stoddard and Nancy Haynes at the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan to learn more about the complaint, and what housing issues they see locally.

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