On April 22, 2015 Grand Rapids City Commissioners Ruth Kelly, Senita Lenear, and Elias Lumpkins, Jr. engaged more than 200 people representing nonprofit and for profit housing developers, lenders, neighborhoods, educational institutions, local philanthropies, and local and state government agencies in a community conversation about the future of Grand Rapids housing. The Great Housing Strategies
event launched a process to review best practices, tools, and strategies for future housing development in Grand Rapids. Over 90 participants volunteered to serve on workgroups that will develop policy and program recommendations. Read more about the Great Housing Strategies
Nearly 100 people met to launch the Great Housing Strategies workgroups on June 12, 2015. Attendees self-selected the workgroup(s) in which they would participate. Workgroups were established around the topics of land use and zoning, housing finance, economic and workforce development, and low-income and vulnerable populations. Facilitated by co-chairs, each workgroup met four times on a biweekly basis to formulate strategies specific to their area of focus. More information on the workgroups and meeting notes can be found below.