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Partnership empowers previously homeless men

Single men who have completed programs at Mel Trotter Ministries have new options in affordable housing, thanks to a new partnership between MTM and the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF).

ICCF will lease two properties to Mel Trotter Ministries, who will walk alongside the program graduates and provide ongoing aftercare services.

The houses, located on the west side of Grand Rapids, offer five rooms between them with monthly rent ranging from $350 to $450 plus utilities. A peer support person will also live onsite to help tenants adjust to their new living environment.

“Our community faces a daunting challenge as there is simply not enough housing that is affordable to low-income, working individuals,” said Ryan VerWys, CEO of ICCF. “No single organization can solve the problem of homelessness and we’re thrilled to work with Mel Trotter Ministries on this project.”

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“We are excited to partner with ICCF by bringing each organization’s strengths together to help our guests obtain and maintain housing,” said Dennis Van Kampen, CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries. “Our goal is always to provide a dignified and empowering way to help individuals and families leave homelessness for good. We look forward to opening more transitional homes in the future.”

This partnership is not MTM’s first venture into transitional housing. They also lease a home for young men (18–24) and recently opened Melanie’s House for older women.

If you would like to donate move-in kits and furniture, please visit meltrotter.org/donations.

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