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Community Resources: Home Repair Assistance

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City of Grand Rapids Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Housing Rehabilitation Program offers affordable loans for home repairs. This is a federally funded program administered by the Community Development Department. Assistance to qualified homeowners includes, helping determining what repairs are needed, selecting a contractor and getting a fair price, as well as ensuring repairs are complete and of good quality.

Home Rehabilitation through accessKENT

The principle purpose of Kent County's Housing Rehabilitation Program is to maintain or improve the structural condition and safety of homes belonging to  low and moderate income households within Kent County. The program is funded with the Federal Community  Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Home Repair Services

Offers educational and repair services for homeowners. Income-based home repair assistance is available depending on household size and income. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStores

Independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

Rental and Home Ownership Programs

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

Works with volunteers and prospective low-income home owners to build affordable homes in Kent County and eastern Ottawa County. Also offers low-cost home improvement materials, including fixtures, appliances and furniture.

Inner City Christian Federation

Nonprofit agency offers rental housing and home ownership programs, as well as an emergency housing program. Provides the home ownership training required by the GRHC's home ownership programs.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Nonprofit agency offers rental housing and home ownership programs, as well as an emergency housing program. Provides the home ownership training required by the GRHC's home ownership programs.

Additional Housing Resources

Community Action Partnership of Kent County

A division of the Area Community Services Employment & Training Council (ACSET). Offers food assistance, utility shut-off assistance, help with rental arrears and other services.

Grand Rapids Urban League

Offers counseling, advocacy and direct services to residents faced with obstacles to employment, housing or education.

Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

Promotes equal housing opportunity and fair housing through education, research and advocacy services that include fair housing complaint intake, investigation and resolution.

Restorers Inc.

A collaborative of churches and neighbors that serve the Madison-Hall neighborhood, offering rent and utility assistance, employment services, "financial freedom" classes and a youth program. 

Practical Guide for Landlords and Tenants

This booklet is designed to inform tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities in rental relationships.

The Home Improvement Reference Center

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary and provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

Michigan Housing Locator

Free service provided by the Michigan State Housing Authority (MSHDA) makes it easy to search for properties that participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and other subsidized-housing programs. Property owners can also list rental units at no charge.