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Catalyst Radio: Well House removing barriers for providing housing

Well House focuses on meeting people “wherever they are in their lives” to provide housing.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Ms. Mac, an employee of Well House and local musician, is pictured in one of the many urban gardens.

Ms. Mac, an employee of Well House and local musician, is pictured in one of the many urban gardens.

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The southeast side housing first organizations Well House has been undergoing a multitude of changes since coming under new leadership with the first of the year. Housing first centers on including people at whatever place they are in their lives, recognizing that housing is a most basic, and first need in working for a better future. “The solution to homelessness is housing.”

In studio is Jodi Smith, Well House operations director, and operations intern Liam Bailey, to explain the low demand/no barriers philosophy for providing housing to the most vulnerable populations, and to tell of some of the changes include the addition of urban farms, more housing units, and fundraising and community engagement activities.



Local music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from Well House support Rick Chyme, from the release The Field. The song is “Anyone Who Ever Dreamed.”

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