homelessness

Candidates answer citizen questions on gentrification, race, police, LGBTQIA

by (Holly)

Submitted 08-01-2015 under NEWS

For our last set of citizen questions answered by the mayoral candidates, we’re addressing questions of social ills and issues: housing and gentrification, race, police relations and welcoming LGBTQ residents. All questions were collected at...

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New data reveals number of homeless up; unsheltered down

by (shardaisy)

Submitted 06-25-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

New research for 2015 has revealed that the overall number of homeless people is up 15% in Kent County. In contrast, the number of homeless people without shelter is down 21%.   Jesica Vail, program manager for the Coalition, believes the...

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Our place, your voices: Why I write for The Rapidian

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 05-21-2015 under OPINION

On October 13, 2009, I officially became a citizen reporter. I submitted a video of the hip hop group Flying Without Wingz performing at Rock Out 2 Come Out, a large LGBTQIA event hosted by Speak Equal at Rosa Parks Circle. What I thought would...

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How working with people on the streets turned me into a drug policy reformer

by (tamivandenberg)

Submitted 04-21-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

In the year 2000, I landed my first "real job." I became a Case Manager at The Salvation Army Homeless Assistance Program. My job was to work with the people who were continuously coming back to the shelters for help, people who had been...

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Mayor Heartwell answers citizen questions live on City Connection

by (GRTV)

Submitted 03-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Every month on the first Monday, Mayor Heartwell is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection."  This month, following a record cold February, Rapidian intern Maddie Forshee asked the mayor about provisions for...

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Placemaking as hospitality: How can we invite everyone to the table?

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Placemaking was not a word I knew growing up. Even though we weren't using words like placemaking and city-building yet, I was aware of the effects of place pretty early in my life. My family moved several times while I was a child, so I was...

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A home in Heartside: Guiding Light Mission offers food, shelter, way forward

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 01-15-2015 under NONPROFITS

We met Napolean Frazier at Guiding Light Mission in Grand Rapids on January 13, the coldest on record. Frazier was one of the 135 men who had stayed at Guiding Light the night before. A 33-year-old unemployed computer systems engineer, he had moved...

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Fight homelessness in West Michigan; donate to Well House

by (erictank)

Submitted 12-30-2014 under NEWS

Well House is in its final week of fundraising for the 19:1 campaign and donors are encouraged to give towards meeting a goal of $50,000. So far $28,476 has been raised, just over half the anticipated goal.  Donations from individuals and...

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Well House expands with purchase of two additional houses

by (erictank)

Submitted 11-11-2014 under NEWS

Well House has moved 50 people off the streets and into safe housing between January of 2013  and this October, with over 90 percent not returning to homelessness. Well House has just acquired two additional houses to add to the program....

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Story Matters: Roger Dudley shares about his childhood

by (Elevating Voices)

Submitted 09-18-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. The Elevating Voices project is collaborating with 12 local nonprofits through the summer and fall...

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