Neighborhoods

Housing + Business Districts

We seek to create greater access to housing prosperity for all who call Kent County home. We invest in the production and preservation of equitable, stable, quality, affordable housing in historically under-resourced neighborhoods.


Recent Grants From This Area

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • A Mother's Touch

    Amount Awarded: $2,700

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Transitional housing support for women and children experiencing homelessness. This partnership was made possible by the Kenneth M. Sweers Fund for the Homeless.   

  • New Destiny Pathways

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Transitional housing support for women experiencing homelessness after aging out of foster care. This partnership was made possible by the Homeless Prevention Endowment Fund.  

  • Seeds of Promise

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Facilitate improvement of resident’s access to cost-effective housing repairs. This partnership was made possible by the Fund for Neighborhoods and Fund for Community Good.

  • Immigrant Connection

    Amount Awarded: $350,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To provide low-cost legal services to elderly immigrants to secure legal status, citizenship, and family unity. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly.

  • Michigan Justice Fund

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To advance effective and equitable justice policy, practices, and funding in the state of Michigan.

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $400,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2020

    To maximize organizational potential and secure a sustainable future of service to our community.

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    In support of a new 53-unit affordable living community for older adults in Grand Rapids. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly.

  • Steepletown Neighborhood Services

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To explore new approaches for how critical services can continue to be provided as the organization transitions to independence.

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2020

    To finalize the development of a comprehensive community plan to address child & family housing insecurity & racialized disparities in Kent County.

  • Community Rebuilders

    Amount Awarded: $66,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2019

    To support the development of a community collaborative to decrease the number of homeless families in Kent County and address social determinants of health.

  • Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2019

    To match FEMA support for the Fire Safety program to target underserved Spanish-speaking households in Wyoming.

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    To support the #BAX50 campaign and address pressing capital improvement needs, essential to providing a safe, efficient environment positioning them for sustainability and long-term community impact. 

  • 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.