December 4, 2018

Non-profits partner on transitional housing for previously homeless men

Mel Trotter Ministries, ICCF work together to provide two affordable rental housing units

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (December 4, 2018) 

Mel Trotter Ministries and ICCF announce the opening of two affordable housing units for men who are transitioning from the shelter at Mel Trotter Ministries into supportive housing. ICCF will serve as the owner and property manager while leasing the two homes to Mel Trotter Ministries who will walk alongside guests in their new living environment. Single men who have completed one of the various programs at MTM and have a steady income stream will be tenants at the homes.

“The West Michigan 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 alone and that’s one reason we’re thrilled to work in collaboration with Mel Trotter Ministries on this project.”

The two homes are located on the west side of Grand Rapids; combined they offer five rooms with rent ranging from $350 to $450 a month. Tenants of the home are responsible to pay their own utilities. A peer support person lives in the house and tenants will be provided with aftercare services through a Mel Trotter Ministries advocate staff, to help ensure they are continuing to work toward complete independent living with the tools they need to be successful.

“We are excited to partner even more deeply 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. This project is an example of the power of collaboration to make a greater impact. We look forward to opening more transitional homes in the future.”

Mel Trotter Ministries also currently leases two other transitional homes in Grand Rapids; a transitional youth house for young men (18-24) as well as a women’s transitional home.

Some homes are still in need of move-in kits and furniture. A complete list of needed items can be found at: www.meltrotter.org/givehelp/donate

Interviews and house tours for media are available upon request. Please contact Abbey Sladick.

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