A western Michigan land bank plans to build at least nine modular homes on vacant properties across Grand Rapids.

Kent County Land Bank Director David Allen announced the modular homes last week to address the local affordable housing shortage. He says the agency, which changed its name to "InnovaLaB," could sell the homes at 30 percent lower than comparable stick-built homes in the market.

The construction will offer "workforce housing" for income earners who are out-priced by their area's housing market.

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Inner City Christian Federation has closed on the purchase of 177 properties with 150 of those single-family homes located in Greater Grand Rapids and Wyoming. As ICCF leadership explains the acquisition is one way to preserve affordable housing at a time when rents and home prices are quickly climbing.

“We are excited to be a part of preserving the affordability of housing in our community.”

Ryan VerWys is President and CEO of Inner City Christian Federation.

Healthy Homes Coalition

FEMA has awarded the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan monies toward a fire safety program, making homes safer for kids. We talk about the partnership and the Coalition with Paul Haan.

The Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes kicks off today. Karen Coy joins for a conversation about this annual event.