Our community is reframing the response to homelessness.
Grand Rapids is in the midst of a bold shift: from managing homelessness to housing people. It’s a shift that calls for new thinking, particularly in how we approach homelessness. It means we must see beyond biases about psychological, emotional, or other factors affecting people in a housing crisis. It calls for understanding that homelessness often does not occur because of bad choices—it happens because of unrealistic choices, like choosing between paying medical bills or the rent.
Our community is responding, armed with a Vision that focuses on putting housing first and ending homelessness as we know it by 2014. Now we need individuals, businesses, community leaders, service providers, and others to join the effort. Learn more ››