Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Board joined Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Friday to build affordable housing on the city’s West Side. Before the build, Mayor Bliss said she and the Mayor’s Millenial Advisory Board were committed to giving back to the community as part of Grand Rapids’ participation in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Cities of Service initiative. It’s a grant given to cities all over the country to be used in areas of pressing need. For Grand Rapids, that means affordable housing.
“As you know in our city, affordable housing is a significant issue right now," Bliss said. "So I was so glad that we decided to do a habitat build. Habitat is an amazing organization in our community, they are doing incredible work, throughout our city, to help families, and they are one of my favorite organizations.”
As the housing market continues to skyrocket in Grand Rapids, Habitat Kent has made a concerted effort over the past two years to preserve affordable housing on the city’s West Side. According to a press release, the non-profit is building more than 20 homes and completing nearly 100 home repair projects in five West Side neighborhoods.