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Rental assistance in Kent County and Grand Rapids

Several organizations help tenants pay their rent in Kent County and Grand Rapids Michigan. Emergency grant money, crisis assistance, free legal eviction defense, and other support is offered to low-income or struggling families. There are rental assistance programs offered by charities, churches, and government organizations. The goal is to help prevent homelessness. Find how to get help with rent, security deposits, and housing costs in Kent County Michigan.

Information is listed below on the Grand Rapids area rent assistance programs and places to call or stop by at for immediate help. Many of the financial resources and housing programs focus on those low income individuals who have an eviction notice, however most people who need help can access some type of support. Money to help with back rent is often prioritized for single mothers, seniors, the disabled or veterans. Or learn about veteran rent assistance from the government.

Even get  referrals to counseling and government assistance programs, such as section 8 Housing or no-wait list apartments in Grand Rapids. Most of the organizations strongly suggest that individuals or families in Kent County call for rent assistance before they fall behind.

Places to apply at for help with rent in the Grand Rapids MI region

Kent County Community Action is a multi-faced social service agency at 121 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. This agency is an independent, non-profit organization in the Grand Rapids area. Financial assistance programs, and other aid from Community Action, include offering grant based rental assistance to the working poor as well as low-income. The housing resources are combined with budgeting and financial literacy. Call (616) 632-7950 for information on how to get rent help.

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan: The non-profit helps Hispanics / Latinos in the broader community with housing and other needs. The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan provides employment services, housing assistance, information on rent assistance, as well as information and referrals to local charities. They also give applications to federal and Michigan government assistance programs. Address is 1204 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503. Telephone (616) 742-0200




Inner City Christian Federation: Helps develop stable communities and families. The three main programs and services focus on offering emergency housing, including shelters or free motel vouchers. There is also short term rent assistance, long-term affordable housing and home ownership opportunities education services. This may also include funds for a security deposit. ICCF strives to meet families where they are in their housing needs and help them avoid evictions. Location - 415 M.L.K. Jr St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Phone - (616) 336-9333

North Kent Community Services is a non-profit provides limited amounts of financial assistance for individuals who are having difficulties paying their rent, housing or utility bills. Location is 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, Michigan 49341, phone (616) 866-3478

Kent County and Grand Rapids Salvation Army is a faith based charity that helps people regardless of religion. The non-profit offers financial assistance programs and social services that can assist families and individuals in need. Locate emergency rent help, temporary housing, or vouchers for lodging. The Salvation Army can provide support to families in trouble with paying bills or facing eviction, and ensure that the children of the community are provided for, including single mothers.

  • Resources offered by the Salvation Army include job counseling, mortgage assistance, family development and parenting classes. As resources allow, there are a variety of other homeless shelter and emergency resources to help with back rent or housing programs. Address is 1215 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, phone (616) 459-3433. Another Salvation Army location is at  1120 Monroe NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503. Dial 616-454-5840.

Grand Rapids Urban League - Call (616) 245-2207. If you have an eviction notice, the agency may be able to provide some forms of funding to help with up to one months worth of rent. There is also on site shelter and other financial aid (including for home buying or loans) is offered too. Location is 745 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Find more details on housing assistance from Grand Rapids Urban League.





All County Churches Emergency Support System (or ACCESS) is over 300 churches across Kent County Michigan. The parishes partner together to provide assistance, including rent, housing, and other aid, whether monetary or non-financial. Some low income families will be issued a loan as a form of emergency rental assistance from the churches. Location is 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Dial (616) 774-2175.

The Magi is the name of an agency that can help deal with housing and other financial issues. They help in the distribution of money or goods to help the poor pay for food, rent, and help people find affordable housing or apartments, among other things. They can also direct individuals to state of Michigan and federal government assistance, such as Michigan section 8 housing. Address is 2040 64th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Dial  (616) 272-4209.

Kent County Coalition to End Homelessness, which is based in Grand Rapids, MI and can be reached at (616) 632-7400, offers Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Some government grants for housing (rent, utilities, security deposits, storage, etc.) may be issued. Case workers also give referrals to section 8 and other government benefits. The location is 121 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.Help with rent in Kent County Michigan

Community Rebuilders works to connect/refer homeless people or families as well as at risk Kent County residents to programs that result in stable housing. Referrals to the Community Rebuilders program come from the community’s Coordinated Entry. Its programs serve homeless youth, individuals, low income families in Kent County, chronically homeless, single parents and Veterans

  • The organization focuses on short and/or long term housing as the solution to homelessness. As part of this service, the agency works to address Social Determinates of Health to ultimately make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. The office is located at 1120 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503  Dial (616) 458-5102.

Kent County Department Of Veterans' Affairs - Apply for limited amounts of financial help for expenses, including rent and housing. Assistance is offered for honorably discharged wartime veterans and their widows/widowers or dependents. Get up to one month's rent payment to prevent a court ordered eviction, and clients can apply for grants and other support. They also offer HUD-VASH and SSVF. Address 836 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Veterans (or their families) can dial (616) 632-5722.

Referral hotline provides homeless prevention to struggling families. A coalition in Kent County coordinates short term rent or energy bill help using HUD grants, they operate shelters, and other housing solutions. The HAP line can provide more information on where to apply at for money for rent and other expenses.  The primary goal is to help low income families and individuals who are homeless or on the verge of being evicted retain existing homes or apartments.

  • The agency can housing help them move directly into low income units if no other options, and that is the Housing First service. Any rental assistance paid is only on a short term basis with emphasis placed on supportive services to promote participant's increase in income and self sufficiency over the long term. More on eviction prevention in Kent County.







DHS in Kent County, which can be called at (616) 248-1000, can be contacted in a crisis. The government agency can direct families to rent programs, loans, and other assistance. They can help residents such as the disabled or seniors with accessing low income apartments as well. The office is at 121 M.L.K. Jr St, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.

Legal Aid of Kent County can address housing issues. They can provide advice on discrimination or help tenants with a pay or quit notice from their landlord. Other disputes over unpaid rent or the collection of deposits can be handled as well as part of free legal assistance provided. Telephone - (616) 774-0672. The office is at 25 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Senior Neighbors helps the elderly and/or disabled. Funds can be used to pay rent and mortgage expenses. Assistance is offered for first month's rent for older adults who are homeless or in the process of being evicted from their home or apartment. Address is 678 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Call (616) 459-6019.

St. Vincent de Paul of Grand Rapids is based at 1314 South Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Various social services are administered. There is free furniture for a home or apartment, possible financial aid for bills or rent, and other resources from the Kent County SVDP. The phone number will indicate whether any rent or other housing assistance may be available. Call  (616) 452-1408.

Eviction Prevention and Community Resources are offered by HEart of United Way. This includes landlord/tenant dispute resolution and homeless assistance program. There may be help paying rental arrears as well. The service is available for all people who are at risk of an eviction, or for those who are currently without a home or apartment. A referral service functions as the centralized intake in the community for all persons behind on their rent or utilities or those who are at the verge of eviction.

  • Work with a a counselor, for free, to create a plan to prevent homelessness or a plan for rapid re-housing. Learn about eviction prevention, rent assistance programs that may be available, shelters, and other emergency housing services and aid. They may be able to help with first months rent, security deposits, and rent arrears. Telephone 616-459-6281.




Family Promise of Grand Rapids (address is 516 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 offers transitional housing, referrals and other support to the poor, immigrants, unemployed and others. Call (616) 475-5220

Public Housing Authorities in Kent County - There are 3 of them. They each offer support, including section 8 HUD vouchers, home buying services and rent subsidized homes or apartments. Emergency section 8 is also offered in some instances. This form of government aid is for very low income households and/or those in poverty.

  • 1420 Fuller St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507. For more information, dial 616-235-2600
  • 2450 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519. Telephone - (616) 534-5471
  • 59 S Main St A, Rockford, Michigan 49341. Dial (616) 866-0371


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