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August 18 Virtual Housing Commission Meeting

The next Grand Rapids Housing Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m.
The meeting agenda will be available here on August 17 and a link to the meeting will be available on August 18.

Submission of public comments: During the meeting the Housing Commission will use technology to facilitate typed comments that may be read or shared with the Housing Commission and other attendees. Alternatively, email your comment or question in advance or leave a message at (616) 235‑2651.

GRHC Governing & Advisory Boards

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission is governed by a five-member board appointed by the Grand Rapids City Manager and approved by the City Commission. These talented and dedicated community volunteers oversee our efforts and help ensure the continuing success of our affordable housing programs.

Housing Commission Members
  • Bobbie Butler, President
  • Betty Zylstra, Vice President
  • Angela Bunn, Commissioner
  • Patrick Miles Sr., Commissioner
  • Monica Steimle-App, Commissioner

Grand Rapids Housing Commission meetings are held monthly at 6:00 p.m. and are open to the public. Meetings are temporarily being conducted virtually. A link to the meeting will be available on this page on the meeting date.

A meeting agenda is posted here the Friday before each meeting.

2020 Meeting Dates
  • January 21
  • February 20
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 19
  • June 16
  • July 21
  • August 18
  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15

The agenda for each Grand Rapids Housing Commission meeting is posted here and under “Quick Links” on our home page the Friday before each meeting.

Click the links below to view summaries of recent Housing Commission meetings.

Recent Meeting Minutes

The Resident Advisory Board meet several times a year to help review and refine policies and practices so that we can more effectively meet the needs of the families we serve.

Resident Advisory Board Members
  • Angela Bunn, Chairperson
  • Teresa Boileau
  • Martha Dove
  • Barbara Jones
  • Jo Ann Morris
  • Yesica Robinson
  • Leonard Webster
  • Virgie Young

The GRHC works with Wyoming Housing Commission, Kent Community Action and numerous businesses and community organizations to administer a Family Self-Sufficiency Program that empowers low-income households to build a financial “nest egg” when a change in income increases the family’s portion of monthly rent.

FSS Coordinating Committee Members
  • Vanessa Amon, West Michigan Works
  • Deborah Conley, Michigan Family Resources
  • Yolanda Duncan, Grand Rapids Community College
  • John Gill, West Michigan Works
  • Stephanie Gingerich, LINC Community Revitalization
  • Pamela Houtteman, Goodwill Industries
  • Kathleen Papke, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Samantha Rose, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kathleen Russo, Chemical Bank
  • Megan Seely, Goodwill Industries
  • Berniz Terpstra, Inner City Christian Federation
  • GRHC Representatives
  • Jenn Boerman, Resident Services Manager
  • Wanda Couch, Lead Resident Services Specialist
  • Maria Lara, Resident Services Specialist
  • Wyoming Housing Commission Representatives
  • Rebeca Venema, Executive Director
  • Myra Iacovoni, FSS/Section 8 Coordinator
  • Kimberly Ross-Brown, FSS/Section 8 Coordinator
  • Kent Community Action Representatives
  • Noelia Garcia, FSS/Section 8 Coordinator
  • Emily Stroka, FSS/Section 8 Coordinator

Provides oversight of the administration of Adams Park Apartments, a 188-unit development that serves disabled adults and seniors ages 62 or older.

Board Members
  • Victor Vasquez Jr., President
  • Ellen James, Treasurer
  • Daniel Oglesby, Secretary
  • Betty Zylstra

Provides oversight of the administration of Creston Plaza Apartments, a 100-unit development that serves families, seniors and people who have disabilities.

Board Members
  • Ellen James, President
  • Betty Zylstra, Treasurer
  • Melvin Fox, Secretary

Provides oversight of the administration of our Scattered Sites program, which serves families, seniors and people who have disabilities; includes 20 duplex units and 23 rent-to-own homes.

Board Members
  • Ellen James, President
  • Betty Zylstra, Treasurer
  • Melvin Fox, Secretary

Provides oversight of the administration of Hope Community Rapid Re-Housing program, which serves homeless women and their minor children.

Board Members
  • Douglas Dozeman, President
  • Jamie Ladd, Vice President

Provides oversight of the administration of Leonard Terrace Apartments, a senior community that serves ages 55 and older.

Board Members
  • Patrick Miles Sr., President
  • Shelley Wisdom, Treasurer/Secretary

Provides oversight of the administration of Mount Mercy Apartments and Sheldon Apartments, senior communities that serve ages 55 and older, and Campau Commons Apartments, a family development that also serves seniors and people with disabilities.

Board Members
  • Ellen James, President
  • Betty Zylstra, Treasurer
  • Melvin Fox, Secretary
  • Daniel Oglesby
  • Victor Vasquez Jr.

Provides oversight of the administration of Mount Mercy Apartments, a senior community that serves ages 55 and older.

Board Members
  • Ellen James, President
  • Betty Zylstra, Treasurer
  • Melvin Fox, Secretary

Provides oversight of the administration of Ransom Tower Apartments, a senior community that serves ages 62 and older.

Board Members
  • Charles Carter, President
  • Monica Steimle-App, Treasurer
  • Maureen Slade, Secretary