April 27, 2019

Request for Qualifications

Lead Agency for Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project On behalf of the Youth Committee, please review the attached Request for Qualifications if your agency is interested in applying for the Lead Agency for HUD’s Youth Housing Demonstration Project. Applications are due by noon on Wednesday, May 1st and will be reviewed by Youth Committee and Youth […]

April 26, 2019

Notice of Special Meeting

A special meeting of the Steering Council of the Grand Rapids/Wyoming/ Kent County Continuum of Care will be held at Heart of West Michigan United Way on May 3rd at 9am to review the petition of the Youth Committee, which requires action prior to the May Steering Council meeting. The petition includes: Request that the […]

January 28, 2019

Warming Centers in West Michigan

As we are all aware, west Michigan is facing extreme weather conditions over the next few days. Below is a list of warming centers throughout west Michigan. Please encourage anyone outside or in a place not meant for habitation to connect with a shelter and/or warming center. Call 2-1-1 to identify additional resources. Kent County […]

November 19, 2018

Fulton Manor

FULTON MANOR AS A PROPOSED EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR FAMILIES JOIN US FOR A COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE MEET US AT 1450 E FULTON ST | DECEMBER 3 FROM 4-7PM We invite neighbors to ask questions, speak with the organizational partners about the program, and hear more about the plan for 1450 E Fulton at this community […]

January 31, 2018

Point in Time Count

Today is the annual national Point in Time (PIT) Count of those experiencing homelessness. This day has been a long standing measure of homelessness across the country, however it tells us little about homelessness within our own community. It continues to be of use in cities so overwhelmed with homelessness that most people sleeping on […]

January 16, 2018

Seeking Proposals for Evaluation

The Coalition is currently seeking proposals from providers with knowledge of Coordinated Entry systems to provide an evaluation of the Kent County Coordinated Entry system. The deadline for submission is January 25, 2018 and all proposals should be submitted via email to the address provided within the Request for Proposals. Coordinated Entry Evaluation Request for […]

November 2, 2017

Advocacy and Housing

Blog Post by Jesica Vail, Program Manager of the Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness Yesterday I joined a panel conversation to speak to social work students about the role of advocacy in fighting against homelessness and for affordable housing. There was a lot of great conversation with these future leaders; it is uplifting […]

March 29, 2017

Housing First Overview

What is Housing First, and why do people keep talking about it? This great (and short) video gives an excellent overview!  

January 13, 2017

Funding Awarded in 2017

Over $5.5 million dollars have been awarded to continue efforts to end homelessness in Kent County through the 2017-2018 grant cycle. These grants are continued funding to projects already operating within Kent County, including one project initially awarded last year and just beginning its first year of operation, the Rapid Re-Housing Youth Collaborative. Our community […]

December 17, 2016

Baby It’s Cold Outside

It’s the time of year when people think about giving a bit more; it’s also the time of year when those experiencing homelessness are in the most danger.  How many of us are donating a toy, preparing a food basket, or rounding up hats and mittens? These are all thoughtful, caring gifts for which many […]