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City of Grand Rapids gets $150k grant to help with affordable housing

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Jan 25, 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The City of Grand Rapids has received a $150,000 grant to help bring more affordable housing to the community, according to a news release Monday.

Grand Rapids was one of eight recipients of the 2021 CommunityWINS grant program, which recognizes mayoral-based initiatives that assist their city in reducing the cost burden of housing and increase access to safe, affordable places to live.

The grant in GR will support Community Rebuilder’s G.R.A.C.E. Smart Homes project.

In partnership with Linc up, Community Rebuilders will use the funds to create “service smart” rental housing.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our work with Community Rebuilders on such an important issue,” Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. “In Grand Rapids, we have prioritized investment in solutions that will ensure safe and affordable housing for our residents.”

Community Rebuilders has been working diligently to place homeless families and individuals in housing for more than 25 years.

The organization focuses on housing as a solution to homelessness and works to address social determinates of health to ultimately make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.

Their services help hundreds of individuals and families move from homelessness to stable housing.