Family Promise and Mamerlund Church are hosting North Kent IHN Celebration Kick-Off on Sunday, September 29th from 2:00-4:00 at Mamerlund Church! There will be donuts and cider a tour of the Day Center, Slient Auction and a chance to hear from Cheryl Schuch, Executive Director at Family Promise as well as other North Kent community members. It takes a village to end homeless for children and families. Together we will make a huge impact in our community.
Bank On Us is a partnership with local banks to help end homelessness…one family at a time! Learn how you can join us in this important work of getting families and kids from homeless to housed.
We have an affordable housing crisis in our community, and there is a real need to supply permanent housing to families with children, who are experiencing homelessness. For $10,000, Family Promise of Grand Rapids can move a family home through our Partners In Housing program (PIH). Family Promise purchases and renovates manufactured homes in family friendly parks through the Greater Grand Rapids area. To ensure sustainability and stability, we walk alongside families for up to 9 months. After the 9 month period, we give families the title to their home and they become homeowners!
PARTNERS IN HOUSING
Family Promise has developed relationships with over 16 mobile home parks that share our vision of ending homelessness for families and children. We work closely with mobile home parks to ensure it’s a win-win opportunity for the families and the park.
Many parks will work with us to lower the approval threshold for our shelter families because of our Welcome Home program. During this 9 month period, Family Promise holds the title, and the family is responsible for paying rent and utilities. A typical home renovation takes 8 weeks. Homes are renovated with the help of community volunteers. Through partnerships with building suppliers and organizations like Habitat for Humanity, we are able to get free and/or discounted materials to help keep the costs down. Families are responsible for paying lot rent, and lot rent in Grand Rapids parks costs on average $450 a month. Often times, once the home is complete, we partner with the community to provide furniture and household goods to help make the house a home! Families then become homeowners upon completion of the program! Families never have to be homeless again.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Partners in Housing home for a family with kids, please see the form below and contact Lisa Valk, Director of Housing and Business Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-608-8918 with any questions.