Why is it? Where is it? Who is it?
It's time to stop looking away.
Your heart breaks that someone has to be on the streets, but the problem feels just too big for one person. The truth is, homelessness is on the rise in West Michigan and this problem is too big for one person or organization to solve. You are needed; your family, your church and your co-workers are needed. Together we can overcome homelessness in Grand Rapids. All you have to do is choose how you want to get involved.
"I'm thankful I wasn't passed by."
- David H.
People don’t become homeless when they run out of money… they become homeless when they run out of relationships.– New Portland Initiative
Why are people homeless?
Homelessness can happen to anyone. It happened to James after a devastating divorce. Tecca was served an eviction notice while she was in a nursing home for a broken hip. Meagan put her alcohol dependency before everything else. Charles lost his wife to cancer and couldn’t pay the overwhelming medical bills. For every unique story, there is a unique approach.
Over the last 5 years, housing costs in Grand Rapids have skyrocketed while wages have remained the same. A lack of affordable housing and social supports are driving many families out of their homes and into their cars, tents or other unsafe places.
Lack of affordable housing
Who is homeless?
The faces of homelessness
You can help right now
Be a voice for ending homelessness
If you have a passion, there's a place for you
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Make a financial gift and change a life
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