Housing + Business Districts

We make grants to support affordable quality housing options in urban neighborhoods.

In the area of neighborhoods, we also support neighborhood business districts working towards greater viability while preserving neighborhood character.

Short-term Outcomes

  • Residents have access to affordable, quality housing
  • Business districts are independently sustainable with businesses that employ and serve neighborhood residents

Recent Grants From This Area





  • Heart of West Michigan United Way

    Amount Awarded: 50,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2019

    Supporting the Fulton Manor Temporary Emergency Family Shelter, providing families with children experiencing a housing crisis with safe shelter, basic needs, and assistance in rehousing. 

  • Dwelling Place

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    Development of a collaborative plan to integrate behavioral health and economic development solutions in the Heartside Neighborhood.

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2018

    To facilitate the development of a comprehensive community plan to address homelessness and affordable housing in Kent County.

  • Opportunity Resource Fund

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    Support the establishment of the Fresh Opportunity Mortgage Program in Grand Rapids, which will provide home mortgage loans to people who have been denied by traditional sources of credit.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

    Amount Awarded: $800,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    Investment in the Brighter Future Campaign for Roosevelt Park - a comprehensive market intervention strategy to increase home ownership and establish a sustainable land acquisition fund.