This list will continue to be updated as resources become active in our community.
COORDINATED ENTRY | COMMUNITY HOUSING CONNECT | UNITED WAY 211
If you have a dependent minor/child in your care and are experiencing the effects of homelessness; we can help with Supported Solutions.
Community Rebuilders takes referrals through our community’s coordinated entry. If you need immediate assistance please contact the Housing Assessment Program (HAP) at (616) 454-5840 or call the United Way 211.
Whoever you are, whatever your needs, 2-1-1 makes it easy to find food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more.
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
West Michigan Works! partners with employers, educators, economic developers and community organizations to create a qualified workforce that meets its region’s current and future talent needs and fuels our shared economic future. The organization relies on labor market data and input from employers and industry councils to identify common skill gaps, training needs and industry trends.
FRESH AND AFFORDABLE FOOD
The Community Food Club is a nonprofit, member based grocery store. Low income members pay between $11 and $15 for a 30 day membership and are able to shop using points based on their household size. Most members receive 9 to 11 days’ worth of foods during each membership period. Members can shop as often as they’d like and select foods that fit their needs.
You May Be Able to Expunge a Prior Conviction! The Clean Slate law makes it possible for more people to petition for an expungement. An expungement removes convictions from your public criminal record. As a result, you can legally state that you have never been convicted or arrested for that crime on job, school, and/or housing applications. This can help you find full-time employment and create financial stability for you and your family.
Free Legal Advice
Legal Aid of Western Michigan (LAWM) is a nonprofit law firm providing free legal advice and representation to low income individuals in a broad range of areas including consumer cases, family matters, housing problems, government benefits, and more.
Fair Housing Center West Michigan (FHCWM) is a nonprofit working to prevent and eliminate illegal housing discrimination, to ensure equal housing opportunity, and to promote inclusive communities. If you feel like you had a housing experience where you were possibly treated differently than someone else because of your race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), familial status, marital status or age, it may be housing discrimination.
RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR LEASE HOLDERS
The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent and/or utilities during COVID-19 in their homes.
TOOLS FOR NAVIGATING THE PRIVATE RENTAL MARKET
Community Rebuilders’ bi-weekly housing navigation group
Trying to find a rental home or apartment in the Grand Rapids area is not always easy. We have 25+ years of experience navigating this private rental market and we would like to share with you some of our successful strategies. This includes finding available rental units, negotiating with a prospective landlord, and overcoming a not so perfect rental history.
The housing navigation group occurs bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Virtual sessions are held for 1 hour and facilitated by a Community Rebuilders housing expert. When you sign up, you will receive a confirmation including a zoom link.
Make the Connection provides information on the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, descriptions of research-based treatment options, and videos of Veterans sharing their own inspiring stories of recovery.