State awards $645K grant for affordable housing solutions

Dylan Goetz, Grand Haven Tribune, Mich.
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Feb. 23—The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has awarded Ottawa County a $645,098 grant to fund the Lakeshore Housing Alliance's efforts in affordable housing solutions.

The funds will be used for street outreach, emergency shelters and homeless prevention/rehousing in the county, according to a news release. The LHA is a section of the Greater Ottawa County United Way branch.

The funds are coming from the Emergency Solutions Grant fund, a federal program aimed at helping the homeless find housing.

This is the second round of grants, the release said. Ottawa County received an additional $482,000 last spring.

"The pandemic has definitely impacted housing instability in Ottawa County," LHA Director Lyn Raymond said. "These funds play a vital role in providing residents the stability they need to support themselves."

The alliance is in charge of distributing these funds, some of which have already been sent out to Good Samaritan Ministries, Resilience, Community Action House and The Salvation Army of Holland. Local member organizations include The Salvation Army of Grand Haven and Love in Action.