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Tools for Grand Rapids Housing Commission Residents

Resident Services

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A cornerstone of our mission is to assist families in their efforts to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. To further this goal, the Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) employs a dedicated Resident Services team whose mission is to:

Click Resident Services to learn more about the many ways GRHC social work professionals assist our residents and their families.


Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Family Self-Sufficiency Program picnic at Campau Park

Families that participate in GRHC affordable housing programs generally pay 30 percent of their income toward rent; so an increase in earned income typically results in a rent increase.

When a client enrolls in the GRHC’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, we establish an escrow account for the family in which we deposit the amount of the rent increase each month. Escrow can accrue for up to five years, and clients who successfully complete the FSS Program receive these funds. Many families use their FSS funds toward the purchase of a home.

Click FSS Program to learn more about this important financial tool.

Home Ownership Program

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The Section 8 Homeownership Program makes it possible for eligible GRHC Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program participants to use their rental subsidy toward home mortgage payments.

The GRHC will offer Section 8 Homeownership Program orientation meetings at Wyoming Public Library, 3350 Michael Avenue SW in Wyoming, on the following dates/times:
3/20/18, 2:00 p.m.
6/19/18, 2:00 p.m.
9/18/18, 2:00 p.m.
12/11/18, 2:00 p.m.

For more information, click Homeownership Program.