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Housing + Support Services

Effective homeless response systems seek to reduce barriers to housing and provide voluntary support services for persons experiencing a housing crisis. Our programs and services are aligned around the common goal to get people into permanent housing and help them stay there.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent supportive housing is an intervention that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of chronically homeless people. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment and employment services. [1]

Heroes

Permanent supportive housing for veteran households with a permanent disability

Households currently enrolled: 10

Housing Solutions

Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless households who have been verified as permanently disabled

Households currently enrolled: 28

LOFT (Long Term Opportunities for Tenancy)

Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless households who have been verified as permanently disabled

Households currently enrolled: 20

Shelter Plus Care

Permanent supportive housing for households where at least one member has a permanent disability

Households currently enrolled: 136

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid re-housing provides short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the needs of the person. [2]

ESG (Emergency Solutions Grant)

Assists individuals and families to move from a situation of homelessness to housing, as well as support to increase income, self-sufficiency, and the well-being of the household.

Households currently enrolled: 15

First Steps Housing

Serves youth ages 18-24 who have the goal of obtaining and maintain permanent housing and increasing their income. Participants can immediately utilize transitional housing while they are working on locating their permanent housing.

Households currently enrolled: 22

HOME

A federally-funded rental housing program that provides low-income families with short-term financial assistance to lease safe, decent, and privately-owned housing by supplementing what they can afford to pay on their own for a period of six months.

Participating households pay 30% of their income towards rent for a period of six months. At the end of the voucher assistance, the family maintains the housing unit and begins paying the entire portion of rent. Households currently enrolled: 36

HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS)

Provides housing assistance and supportive services for eligible individuals and families. HOPWA goals are to increase housing stability, reduce the risks of homelessness and increase access to care and support.

Households currently enrolled: 8

Kent Together

Provides up to 12 months of Tenant Based Rental Assistance to low income families residing in Kent County. Individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are eligible for this assistance.

Participating households pay 30% of their income towards rent for a period of six months. At the end of the voucher assistance, the family maintains the housing unit and begins paying the entire portion of rent. Households currently enrolled: 70

Keys First

Quickly ends a family’s situation of homelessness. Families partner with a Housing Resource Specialist who empowers families to increase income and work towards self-sufficiency by linking them to needed community supports and resources.

Households currently enrolled: 27

PACT (Partners Achieving Change Together)

Serves those who are homeless as a result of having experienced domestic violence or who are fleeing or attempting to flee a dangerous or violent situation.

Participants can immediately utilize transitional housing if needed to provide for their emergency housing needs while they are working on locating their permanent housing. Households currently enrolled: 2

Project HEAL

Serves those who are homeless as a result of having experienced domestic violence or who are fleeing or attempting to flee a dangerous or violent situation.

Participants can immediately utilize transitional housing if needed to provide for their emergency housing needs while they are working on locating their permanent housing. Households currently enrolled: 41

Veterans’ Programs

We have a well coordinated and efficient community system that assures homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring and no Veteran is forced to live on the street. This means that every Veteran has access to the supports they need and want to avoid staying on the street and move quickly to permanent housing.

Veteran homeless is now rare brief and non-recurring in Kent County.

Veteran Heights PDO

Bridge housing providinng Veterans with an immediate safe place to stay while they locate a permanent housing option. Veterans are linked to benefits within the VA health care system as well as community resources and natural supports.

Households currently enrolled: 17

Veteran Voices

Enhances the life skills and career development of Veterans. Goals are focused on gaining and maintaining employment to support long term stability.

Households currently enrolled: 16

Veterans TIP (Transition In Place)

Veterans are offered safe and affordable housing units within the community that are immediately ready for occupancy. Veterans receive an array of supportive services while in the unit all aimed at empowering the Veteran to assume the lease and full responsibility for the unit at the end of servi...

Households currently enrolled: 2

VRS (Veteran Residential Services)

Serves veterans who are experiencing a housing crisis and who are eligible for VA health care services. Veterans can immediately enter safe and secure housing, with the goal of exiting to permanent housing within 90 days.

Special Projects

Affordable Rental Properties

Community Rebuilders offers 36 affordable rental properties within the community. These properties are placed on the private rental market for use by low income households.

Grandview Place

This apartment complex overlooking the Grand River was developed in cooperation with Woda Cooper Companies.

Households currently enrolled: 19

Housing Connection Center (HCC)

The Housing Connection Center offers a safe, welcoming, and hopeful place to stay when a homeless household has been offered and accepted a permanent housing intervention but has not yet located their permanent housing option.

A Housing Resource Specialist partners with each guest to achieve the goal of obtaining permanent housing in 30 days or less.

 

 

*Households currently enrolled as of 12/31/2020