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Supporting Housing at All Price Points across West Michigan

What is Housing Next?

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Who We Are

We're a pilot initiative that serves Kent and Ottawa counties. Our work is funded by philanthropy, business, and local units of government with an interest in increasing quality of life and access to housing of all types.

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What We Do

We partner with local governments, developers and nonprofits in West Michigan to remove barriers to the creation of equitable housing choices at all price points.

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Why It Matters

To prosper, all people and all places need housing for all income levels.

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Our Priorities

We're working to ensure communities have enough housing at all price points so they can offer greater economic stability, better health and greater access to quality education for all residents.

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Our Approach

We don't propose a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, we work closely with communities to review their master plans, evaluate local zoning standards and find opportunities to allow for more housing that aligns with the community’s vision for its future.

Housing Facts

14,618

The number of new rental homes at all price points we need in Kent and Ottawa counties

by 2025.

17,278

The number of new for-sale homes at all price points we need in Kent and Ottawa counties

by 2025.

"Do we believe housing is a right and that affordable housing is part of what it should mean to be an American? I say yes."

– Matthew Desmond, author of "Evicted"

Housing Needs

Residential Housing Complex

 Ottawa County 

Dark Roofs Housing Complex

 Kent County 

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 Grand Rapids 

Bridge Street Market

This mixed-use and mixed-income development helped revitalize the West Side of Grand Rapids while providing a much-needed service.

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