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Family Promise of Grand Rapids Looking for Right-Sized Rental Units, Long-Term Supportive Services Offered

Family Promise of Grand Rapids (FPGR). FPGR provides emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children who are experiencing homelessness in Kent County. They work with families to help them find a place to call home and then walk along-side families, through their Welcome Home Program, to ensure they don’t become homeless again!

Michigan—and more specifically, the Grand Rapids area—lacks right-sized rental housing that is affordable for low-income families. Most families are in need of two or three bedrooms, close to job opportunities and transportation.

In addition to a lack of affordable housing for low-income families, COVID-19 has made the situation much worse through cuts in wages, furloughs or reduction in hours. With over 80 families currently in emergency hotel shelter, FPGR is serving double our capacity; the need for affordable housing is vast.

That’s where you can help! FPGR would like to team up with you for families who are in their Welcome Home Program. When a family does find a place to call home, FPGR provides an excellent in-home service called Welcome Home.

FPGR has a dedicated case manager for each family and they provide a level of personal accountability and support which is necessary in that first year out of homelessness. The impact that homelessness has on the entire family is traumatic and extra support is needed. The Welcome Home program is evidence based, research backed with proven strategies to move people out of poverty and stabilize them back into the community. FPGR needs local landlords, who are willing to work with families and children that have been through a traumatic event. FPGR wants families to truly succeed. That’s why they make sure families can afford their new home, but they also have non-subsidy, flexible funding to help families with move-in costs and are able to assist families along the way when emergency needs arise.

Family Promise of Grand Rapids truly wants to end homelessness for families in Kent County, and would love to partner with landlords and property management companies that are able to accommodate families in need.

For more information, please call Steve Tigchelaar at 616-540-4398 or email Steve at stevet@familypromisegr.org.


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