The Housing Stability Alliance works to develop an equitable housing system for all residents in Kent County, specifically focusing on addressing the disparate outcomes for Black and Latinx residents in our community.

Creating an equitable housing system will not happen overnight. It will take decades of hard work and dedication from the entire community. However, if the past two years was any indication that the Kent County communities share a passion for this issue; we are well poised to create change. We’re working to increase access to quality affordable housing and dissolve homelessness in Kent County with an intentional focus on eliminating racial disparities among families, children, and youth and other data-driven priorities.

The Community Plan

Please visit the link below to learn more about the Housing Stability Alliance and to read the Common Agenda and Roadmap entitled “Redefining the Path Home: System Building for Housing Stability in Kent County”

News and Updates

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The First Twelve Months

In May 2018 concerned community stakeholders asked KConnect to bring people together to examine how the housing system is working, establish shared goals, and develop collaborative strategies to reach those goals with a focus on children, families, youth, and people of color. KConnect initiated its work in Fall 2018 and began a yearlong process to convene organizations, funders, and other stakeholders within the housing and homeless system.

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The Work Moving Forward

We promised to deliver a common agenda and roadmap to create and sustain a movement that builds systems between sectors and empowers lived experience to dissolve housing instability and homelessness for children and families from the landscape of Kent County. That work was completed in August 2020. It is our goal to continue to build on the movement that is already underway, and to center lived experience around this system-change strategy.

Launching the Backbone

Within the Common Agenda and Roadmap a five-part approach was developed; one section of the framework focused on the creation of a backbone organization to lead the work, collect and analyze data, convene partners, and operationalize the Common Agenda and Roadmap.

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Housing Stability Alliance
Board of Trustees

A public/private/philanthropic team has been established to serve as publicly-facing liaisons to the work.

Tasha Blackmon

President and CEO
Cherry Health

HSA Board Co-Chair

Brad Kessel

President and CEO
Independent Bank

HSA Board Co-Chair

Rosalynn Bliss

City of Grand Rapids

Mandy Bolter

Chair, Kent County Commissioners
Kent County

Lynne Ferrell

Program Director
Frey Foundation

Christina Keller

President and CEO
Cascade Engineering

Resources and Local News Coverage

Looking for historical resources and local news covered related to housing? Visit our Housing Resources page. 

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Data Video

Thank you to the team at Heart of West Michigan United Way for working closely with the communications team to develop this data explainer video in 2019. 

Housing Stability Alliance Partners

Access of West MichiganFrey FoundationMel Trotter Ministries
Arbor CircleGrand Rapids Area Chamber of CommerceMichigan Department of Civil Rights
AYA Youth CollectiveGrand Rapids Area Coalition to End HomelessnessMichigan League for Public Policy
Bohnsack and AssociatesGrand Rapids Community FoundationResilient Roots Yoga LLC
Byrum & FiskGrand Rapids Housing CommissionRockford Construction
Calvin University Center for Social ResearchGrand Rapids Public LibrarySacred Beginnings
Cascade EngineeringGrand Rapids Public SchoolsSpectrum Health
Cherry HealthGrand Rapids Urban LeagueSteelcase Foundation
City of Grand RapidsGrand Valley State UniversityThe Eureka Group
City of WyomingGreater Ottawa County United WayThe Salvation Army
Community RebuildersHabitat for Humanity Kent CountyTurner Thole Consulting
Creative Reach LLCHeart of West Michigan United WayUnited Methodist Community House
Degage MinistriesHispanic Center of West MichiganUrban Core Collective
Design Group InternationalHousing NextWyoming Department of Public Safety
Dwelling Place of Grand RapidsInner City Christian FederationYMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Dyer-Ives FoundationIrwin SeatingYWCA West Central Michigan
Essential Needs Task ForceKennari Consulting
Fair Housing Center of West MichiganKent County
Family Promise of Grand RapidsKent Intermediate School District
Flat River Outreach MinistriesMeasurable Change