Helping vulnerable individuals and families achieve housing and financial stability.

Safe, stable, and affordable housing is crucial for families working their way out of poverty. Working together as a community, we can share the love of Christ by assisting with both immediate and long-term housing solutions. Our vision is to mobilize churches to collaborate in new ways and support existing government and non-profit programs to provide creative and diverse affordable housing solutions, for the benefit of our region.

WHY?

Thousands of our neighbors in West Michigan are facing hardship when it comes to their housing situation.  We want to help the church learn more about the affordable housing crisis in our community and provide practical ways that we can all help.

Safe, stable, and affordable housing is crucial for families working their way out of poverty. The costs of housing in our community have been increasing rapidly, leaving many of our neighbors vulnerable or homeless. Working together as a community, we can share the love of Christ by assisting with both immediate and long-term housing solutions. Our vision is to mobilize churches to collaborate in new ways and support existing government and non-profit programs to provide creative and diverse affordable housing solutions.

ENGAGE

CARE: 

  • Pray – Pray for members of the community effect by this
  • Donate – Donate to a nonprofit that is helping to solve these issues
  • Partner – Partner with a nonprofit to begin serving

SERVE: 

 

CHURCH IN HARD PLACES WORKSHOP

Tuesday, August 28th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation | 1530 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | 

The Church is a display of God’s glory in the midst of a hurting community. Who will go and build healthy churches among the world’s poorest communities? We define hard places as “economically and socially disadvantaged communities”. Churches in hard places often share common struggles. Our goal is to equip church leaders, train indigenous believers, and develop resources to build healthy churches in hard places with guest speaker Matthew Spandler-Davison, Executive Director of 20schemes. The cost of the workshop is $25 (lunch included). 

Register here: https://elevationmi.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/136534

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

Crucial Conversations on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, June 27, July 25, Aug 22 at Monroe Community Church (800 Monroe Ave NW #140, Grand Rapids, MI 49503), we will continue our conversation on Fair Housing. We will further explore the issue and all it involves (June), consider a couple key passages from the book “Evicted” (July), and determine what this means for us as a community (August). Facilitator: Jim Boer

To join in the conversation, contact Jim Boer at jimb@monroecommunitychurch.org 

CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Grand Rapids Housing Commission: Groups or individuals, skilled or unskilled. For more info visit https://tinyurl.com/GRhousingVolunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity of Kent County: Groups or individuals visit habitatkent.org to volunteer.
  • Inner City Christian Federation: Are you experienced with carpentry, trim, paint or another trade? ICCF could use your help during the week, working alongside others. Contact Katie for more information at 616.336.9333 x411
  • New Development: Groups or individuals, skilled or unskilled. Contact helen@newdevelopmentcorp.org to volunteer or find out more.
  • Westown Jubilee Housing: Groups or individuals, skilled or unskilled. Contact info@wjhousing.org to volunteer or find out more.

OTHER HOUSING-RELATED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Family Promise: Create welcome baskets (cleaning supplies, simple toiletries, recipe books, tool boxes). Contact Chelsea Jandernoa at chelseaj@familypromisegr.org
  • Grand Rapids Housing Commission: Clerical, maintenance, food pantry, leading workshops, childcare, transportation and more! https://tinyurl.com/GRhousingVolunteer
  • Inner City Christian Federation: Create welcome baskets for new home owners and tenants. Contact Katie for more information at 616.336.9333 x411
  • Mel Trotter: Volunteers are needed in various roles. Visit http://www.meltrotter.org/volunteer for more info.

INVEST:

  • Are you a landlord? Set aside portion of housing to low income.
  • Pay for lead testing in a low-income home. 
  • Assemble a skilled Task Force from your church – plumbing, electric, contractors. 
  • Sponsor a house. 

For more information on how to invest contact Chris Hall at chall@iccf.org

LEARN MORE

VIDEOS

AUDIO 

BOOKS

WEBSITES

  • www.justshelter.org — Just Shelter was founded by Matthew Desmond and Tessa Lowinske Desmond to raise awareness of the human cost of the lack of affordable housing in America and to amplify the work of community organizations working to preserve affordable housing.
  • www.nlihc.org   — The National Low Income Housing Coalition is achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
  • www.nhlp.org — The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is a nonprofit national housing and legal advocacy center established in 1968.
  • www.urban.org  — The Urban Institute’s mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.
  • www.civilrighttocounsel.org — The National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel’s mission is to encourage, support, and coordinate advocacy to expand recognition and implementation of a right to counsel for low-income people in civil cases that involve basic human needs.

OTHER RESOURCES

A four-week study guide is available upon request. Email Mike Hoogeboom at mhoogeboom@lagrave.org for downloadable pdfs files.