Rental Assistance for Kent County Residents Living Outside of Grand Rapids and Wyoming
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.
The GRHC was honored to receive the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan’s 2023 Certified Green Building Award for Multifamily during a recent special event at CityFlatsHotel. The award was presented in recognition of the energy-efficient design and construction used in Antoine Court Apartments, a $13.5 million affordable housing development that opened in 2021. The 50-unit LEED Gold-certified development serves Veterans, adults ages 55 and older who have a disability, seniors ages 62 and older, and adults experiencing chronic homelessness.
In addition to a federal rental subsidy and on-site supportive services, Antoine Court Apartments offers energy-efficiency features that include:
Occupany sensors for light control in community spaces, offices and apartments
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.”
Grand Rapids Housing Commission residents in grades K-12 are invited to enter the 2024 NAHRO “What Home Means to Me” Poster Contest for a chance to win a $25 gift card, a $100 gift card, or an iPad and a trip to Washington, D.C.! The contest entry deadline is March 14, 2024.
2024 Jean McKee Resident Scholarship Competition Is Underway!
Up to $2,000 for Eligible Residents
The GRHC’s Jean McKee Resident Scholarship Program offers college scholarship awards of up to $2,000 to participants of GRHC housing programs. Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors, residents currently attending college, and adults entering or returning to college or vocational school.
Scholarship Program application deadline: May 14, 2024
The GRHC’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program received more than 7,000 applications during the program’s October 23–27 open enrollment period; the program is currently closed to new applicants.
The GRHC has concluded a random selection process that has added 5,000 recent applicants to our HCV waiting list. Applicants who applied during the open enrollment period will receive an application status postcard by U.S. Mail that indicates whether their household has been added to the HCV waiting list.
GRHC Waiting List Update: Agency-Owned Housing and Partner Developments
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is accepting new applicants to all of our agency-owned housing communities as well as to partner-owned 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 may be a significant wait to rent at these developments; if you are in need of emergency housing, please contact United Way 2-1-1.
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission anticipates that in the near future we will have units available in several of our affordable senior apartment communities. For a limited time, we are offering eligible seniors the first month rent free!