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G-Sync: The rent is too damn high - for now?

When Publisher Tommy Allen tackles the topic of rental rates, he discovers that while construction for new units are justifiably higher due to building costs, some landlords are unreasonably raising their rates, contributing to the housing stress in Grand Rapids. 

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Status of the sharing economy: Airbnb celebrates one year of homesharing in Grand Rapids

It's here, it's on the rise, and even Hillary has an opinion on it. It's the sharing economy, and it's changing the way people commute to work, stay in new cities, and grab a ride home from the bar. Wonder about the state of the sharing economy in West Michigan? Read on this week for a look at how Airbnb is faring in Grand Rapids in the second of a three-part Rapid Growth series.

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Do Good: Servants Center helps mentally ill homeless get off and stay off the streets

With budget reductions in state and federal programs that support vulnerable families, it's difficult for low-income and homeless residents to access the mental health care they need. Victoria Mullen reports on Servants Center, one local organization that helps those struggling with mental health issues get vital treatment.

Jesica Vail, program manager at Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness (GRACEH).

Do Good: GRACEH works to make Vision to End Homelessness a reality

Ten years ago, the city of Grand Rapids and the Kent County Board of Commissioners – with research and input from area agencies, churches, and individuals – created the “Vision to End Homelessness,” with the goal being to end homelessness by the close of 2014. Funded and supported by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Dyer-Ives Foundation, Steelcase Foundation, and HUD, the project is massive and ongoing.

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Do Good: Putting a face on local homelessness

Homeless folks face social disadvantages that go far beyond the lack of a safe and suitable home. They have reduced access to private and public services, as well as limited access to vital necessities such as healthcare and dental services. They are often seen as unsuitable for employment, and their travel options are few. In part three of an ongoing series, Do Good profiles one local man whose life has been affected by these issues, and finds out where to go from here.
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