homelessness

Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?

by (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 08-31-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Can Grand Rapids end homelessness? Grand Rapids, we need to have an honest conversation about homelessness. All of us. I could cite the fact that nearly 10,000 individuals in Kent County touched the homelessness system last year, 39 percent of which...

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Food Bank helps hunger-relief agencies amplify impact

by (jtl6)

Submitted 01-13-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

When a needy family with a sick child came to United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM), program director Shawn Keener knew providing food would be the first step toward helping them. “Food is usually the presenting issue that brings...

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Teen drop-in center to celebrate community involvement, youth helped with first GR Lip Sync Battle

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 11-24-2015 under NEWS

Headquarters (HQ), a drop-in center for homeless teens on State Street in Grand Rapids, is celebrating its one year anniversary with GR Lip Sync Battle at Celebration Cinema North. HQ has invited local industries to battle against each other with...

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3:11 Youth Housing develops safe, affordable housing for homeless youth

by (GRTV)

Submitted 09-22-2015 under NONPROFITS

It’s estimated that there are about 80 youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are homeless on any given night in Kent County. “Youth are experts at hiding within the general population, by blending in, or they’ll be couch surfing...

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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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