Kent County Michigan housing assistance programs.

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission can offer affordable low income housing opportunities as well as general rental and housing assistance. People who receive help will tend to be senior citizens, lower-income families, as well as the disabled. The commission also works closely with local social welfare organizations, non-profits, and charities. Together they offer supportive services and emergency aid that families can use to achieve self-sufficiency over the short and long term.

The agency runs the federal government Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental subsidy programs for the Grand Rapids area. This can provide a voucher to apply towards assisting with rent. They also run a transitional housing program that serves the working poor and also homeless women and their children.

A total of seven low-income housing developments are operated by Grand Rapids Housing Commission across the region. They provide housing for disabled adults, seniors, and low income families.

As indicated above, Grand Rapids Housing Commission also works with local community organizations such as the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, local businesses and also individuals to help people access rental and housing programs and services ranging. They can include eviction prevention, home ownership counseling, foreclosure help and many more.

Call the Grand Rapids Housing Commission at 616.235.2600, or stop by 1420 Fuller Avenue SE l Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507.

The second place to call for help is the Kent County Housing Commission. The non-profit organization provides emergency rental assistance to extremely-low income, the elderly, working poor and very-low income families.

Resources offered by the agency include the Section 8 Housing Choice Rental Assistance Program and associated vouchers. These are offered as part of federal government assistance from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.





Vouchers can help pay rent, but another key is self-sufficiency. So as part of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Kent County Michigan Housing Commission also runs a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. This service tries to move section 8 participants from welfare and public assistance to work by helping families set goals for self-sufficiency and identify barriers to employment. A key is to help people obtain the assistance and counseling needed to acquire and retain employment. Call (616) 632-7590, or read more on Family Self-Sufficiency.

The housing commission also runs the Homeownership Program, which can assist Housing Choice Voucher families with moving into a home and with transferring their rental voucher into a homeownership voucher. This home buying program allows a family to purchase an approved home with KCHC’s rental/housing voucher assistance. The Kent County Housing Commission will partner as well with the Family Self- Sufficiency Program, the program provides pre and post purchase counseling and counselors can also provide additional guidance throughout the homeownership process.

As indicated above, The Kent County Family Self-Sufficiency Program is available to all Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participants who need to get back on track with their financial situation. Those who want to overcome barriers to employment and take full advantage of their educational and earning potential can use the FSS program to help meet those goals.




The FSS program coordinates community resources and organizations who promote economic independence. A client of the organization will be assigned to a Family Services Coordinator, who will work with the individual to assess each family’s needs, monitors the progress of participant’s goals, assists with the development of an individual service plan, and coordinates available public assistance and community resources to help the participant obtain his/her goals. Dial (616) 632-7590 for general assistance.


By Jon McNamara

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