COVID-19-Related Housing Updates
GRHC Residents: Report Income Changes
The GRHC is working with our residents and landlords to help families maintain stable housing. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program clients and residents of our housing developments are encouraged to promptly report any change in income or circumstance that may necessitate income recertification.
Residents of GRHC developments should contact their GRHC Housing Management staff. GRHC Housing Choice Voucher program participants should email firstname.lastname@example.org to report their situation.
CDC Eviction Moratorium
On August 3 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended a modified eviction moratorium through October 3, 2021, in counties where the increase in COVID-19 cases is classified as "substantial" or "high"; the level of community transmission in Kent County as of August 4 is classified as "moderate," so the extended moratorium does not currently apply to our area.
Link to the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker
Link to more information about the eviction moratorium
MSHDA COVID Emergency Rental Assistance
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is administering a COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program through its network of local nonprofit agencies. CERA provides rental and utility assistance to eligible renters so that they retain their housing stability.
Click here for more information about CERA
HUD Eviction Prevention Tips
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has published a brochure that offers tenants tips and resources for maintaining housing stability as the CDC Eviction Moratorium expires.
Read HUD's "Take Action to Avoid Eviction" brochure
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Housing Commission Meeting
The next Grand Rapids Housing Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 17, at 6:00 p.m. at the Campau Commons Community Center located at 821 South Division Avenue (Division at Franklin Street). Face masks and social distancing will be required.
Meeting link and additional information
Waiting List Update
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is accepting new applicants to our agency-owned senior housing developments as well as to several developments for which we administer Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers (where a rental subsidy is attached to a specific housing development). Please note that there is a significant wait to rent at these developments; if you are in need of emergency housing, please contact United Way 2-1-1.
Apply for Housing
The GRHC is not currently accepting new applicants to our agency-owned family developments due to lengthy waiting lists. Families already on a waiting list will continue to be served. Update the mailing address on your application
Section 8 HCV Program Waiting List
We are not currently accepting new applicants to our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental subsidy program due to a lengthy existing waiting list. We are currently serving applicants who applied to the program during December 2019; please note that it is not possible for the GRHC to offer waiting list “position numbers.”
More information about the Housing Choice Voucher program
Update an existing GRHC housing application
Section 8 Homeownership Program Orientation Meetings Scheduled
The Section 8 Homeownership program offers qualified Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program participants an opportunity to use their monthly rental subsidy toward home mortgage payments rather than rent. The GRHC invites our HCV clients to learn more about the program by attending one of the orientation meetings that are scheduled throughout the year.
More information about the program and upcoming orientation meeting dates
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GRHC EnVision Center Seeks
AmeriCorps VISTA Worker
The GRHC invites qualified social work professionals to apply for the position of Program Coordinator at the new Grand Rapids EnVision Center; this position will be funded by the AmeriCorps VISTA program. The EnVision Center will provide our community with a centralized hub to support residents in the areas of economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership.
More information and a link to the required AmeriCorps VISTA program application
Senior Apartments Available Now!
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission has units available in several of our affordable senior apartment communities. For a limited time, we are offering eligible seniors the first month rent free!
More about the "First Month Free" promotion
Information about GRHC senior apartment communities
Jean McKee Resident Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
The deadline to apply to the GRHC's 2021 Jean McKee Resident Scholarship competition has been extended to August 11. The Scholarship program provides awards of up to $2,000 to GRHC residents who are enrolling in, currently attending or going back to college or vocational school as a full-time student.
Complete information and application form
Save Family Fare, D&W and Forest Hills Foods Receipts to Support Hope Community!
SpartanNash is offering a “Direct Your Dollars” charitable donation program that will help the GRHC raise funds for our Hope Community Rapid Re‑Housing program by simply collecting Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market and Forest Hills Foods store receipts.
Click I want to help to learn how you can donate receipts to support families in need!
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