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NPO Showcase: Well House and the 19:1 campaign

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Camilla Voelker of Well House explains the housing first model and the 19:1 Campaign
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About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations that improve the quality of life in our city and throughout our community. The program is a feature of GRTV and the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.


This new segment of NPO Showcase features Well House, an organization that provides affordable and safe permanent housing located in the Southeast neighborhood of Grand Rapids (SECA).

A 2010 census report noted that there are approximately 19,000 vacant housing units in Kent County. A study from the Coalition to End Homelessness reported that there about 1,000 people without permanent housing in Kent County. This means that for every 1 person experiencing homelessness, there are 19 potential housing units they could be living in. Camilla Voelker, Urban Gardener/Food Justice Educator for Well House, joins us in studio to discuss the 19:1 Campaign, the housing first model, and Well House's efforts to provide healthy, fresh food options for their neighborhood, which is often referred to as a "Food Desert".

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