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Ottawa County organizations receive grants to support affordable housing

Posted at 10:38 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 10:38:39-05

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has released a second round of Emergency Solutions grant funding, awarding Ottawa County an additional $645,098 for the Lakeshore Housing Alliance to fund street outreach, emergency shelters and homeless prevention and rehousing in the county.

The Emergency Solutions Grant is a Housing and Urban Development entitlement-based program that serves households experiencing or who are at risk of homelessness, according to a news release Monday.

This second round of funding comes after more than $482,000 was awarded in Spring 2020 to assist COVID-induced housing insecurity.

“The pandemic has definitely impacted housing instability in Ottawa County,” said Lyn Raymond, director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance. “These funds play a vital role in providing residents the stability they need to support themselves.”

A Lakeshore Housing Alliance Allocation and Accountability Committee met in December to form a distribution plan.

Funds have already been distributed to Good Samaritan Ministries, Resilience, Community Action House and The Salvation Army of Holland.

Any organization providing rental or utility assistance in Ottawa County was eligible to apply.