The GRHC continues to work toward converting all units within our Low-Income Public Housing program to Section 8 Project-Based housing. Section 8 provides relatively stable funding that makes it possible to attract private investment in affordable housing; this investment will enable the GRHC to undertake needed renovations at these developments.
Scattered Sites Renovations Completed
A $673,000 renovation project that includes improvements at 20 Scattered Sites units has been completed; the project was funded through HUD Capital Fund program grants. Improvements include...
Sewer line and drainage renovations
Concrete and driveway repairs
Exterior lighting improvements
Kitchen improvements, including new flooring, cabinets, counter tops, appliances
Energy- and water-saving improvements, including programmable thermostats, "low-flow" toilets, water heaters
Exterior and storm door replacement
New smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
Affected residents were offered alternate housing while their unit was being renovated.
During October 2021 the Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) completed construction of Antoine Court Apartments, a $13.5 million affordable housing development that serves veterans, people experiencing homelessness, adults ages 55 and older who have disabilities, and seniors ages 62 and older. Located at 901 Division Avenue South, this beautiful new development is adjacent to Campau Park and just a half block from a Silver Line bus stop. The development includes fifty 690-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, including five barrier-free units; all units meet accessibility standards. Residents also enjoy a 1,153-square-foot community room.
Supported by the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program, Antoine Court offers a preference for veterans referred by the Grand Rapids Vet Center. Eighteen units are reserved for Grand Rapids residents who qualify for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). The PSH program combines housing assistance with supportive services to address the needs of people experiencing chronic homelessness, and referrals to these units are made through the Kent County Continuum of Care. Supportive services are customized to meet the needs of each resident and are coordinated by GRHC social work professionals in partnership with the Vet Center, health care providers and social services agencies.
Rent for eligible low-income households is no more than 30 percent of adjusted monthly household income. Residents interested in applying to rent an apartment at Antoine Court can get on the development's waiting list by submitting our Housing Application form.
Antoine Court Apartments was financed, in part, through $1.4 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits awarded to the GRHC by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in 2019. The LEED Gold Certified development was designed by Isaac V. Norris & Associates, and Triangle Associates was the construction manager/general contractor.