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What’s next for housing in Kent and Ottawa counties

As Kent County grows faster than the rest of the state, the community looks at ways to address its ongoing housing shortages. Through government entities, upcoming developers like Housing Next, and seasoned community development financial institutions like IFF, Grand Rapids has a collaborative plan in place to address the issue.   

Feature Story There is something truly freeing about holding up the keys to one's own space. Bri beamed as she showed us her home, which was filled with plenty of morning sunlight.

Visualising change: A photo essay on Dégagé Ministries' groundbreaking Complex Care Housing program

Rapid Growth Publisher Tommy Allen stepped inside Dégagé Ministries' new Complex Care Housing building, the first in the state to address chronic homelessness among women with complex needs who struggle to maintain permanent housing.One of its newest residents was his guide.

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Ford Airport one of first airports to use sign language boards powered by AI

The Grand Rapids airport is one of the first in the nation to try out new technology powered by AI that is being used successfully at train stations in the United Kingdom. 

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‘Proud of what I do’: Preschool teacher honored for going above and beyond

Beatrice Salgado, a preschool teacher at the Early Learning Center in Grand Rapids, is one of 10 frontline workers who received the 2023 Beverly A. Drake Essential Service Awards.

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Michigan makes the leap to improved educational opportunities with MiLEAP

MiLEAP consolidates the expansion of Pre-K for All, Sixty by 30, which would see 60% of working-age Michiganders with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, and all education in between. 

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FHLBank of Indianapolis home repair programs make life-changing impacts on homeowners

The FHLBank of Indianapolis provides impactful resources for communities in Michigan and provides home repair programs and additional resources to homeowners via lenders like1st State Bank in Saginaw and Metro Community Development Corporation in Flint.

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Michigan’s first LGBTQ+ senior center is now open in Ferndale – and another one is coming to Detroit

The Senior Center at Affirmations expands programs and services for LGBTQ+ seniors in an accessible, welcoming environment.

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health takes SUDs seriously

WCCMH, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), can provide comprehensive mental health and substance use services to all county residents no matter their insurance status. 

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Virtual Job Fair represents 40+ employers seeking behavioral health services professionals

The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is sponsoring a Behavioral Health Services Virtual Job Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024. 

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GVSU president talks about university’s future role in Muskegon County

In a Q&A, GVSU President Philly Mantella talks about the West Michigan university’s work in Muskegon County, from cleaning up Muskegon Lake to growing entrepreneurship.

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New GRAM exhibit explores the unseen human reality of the Mexican border

“Border Cantos | Sonic Border,” a new art exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, explores the human consequences of immigration policies at the Mexican border.

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How Ryan Kilpatrick and Housing Next are changing the paradigm about affordable housing

Once the face of Housing Next, Ryan Kilpatrick is now working behind the scenes to create strategies that can benefit communities in West Michigan and beyond.   

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Michigan Good Food Fund growing new farm and food businesses

Through Michigan Good Food Fund partners, food and farm entrepreneurs like Antonio Chen Aguilera — owner of Wormies, a Grand Rapids composting company — receive business assistance tailored to their needs.

Feature Story Kendall College of Art and Design partnered with Corewell Health to bring a little artistic joy to the hospital's Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

Art and Healing: Collaborative project at Corewell Health's cancer pavilion

What happened when students from the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University partnered with Corewell Health to bring the healing power of art to the Cancer Pavilion.

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Grand Rapids-based Arbor Circle partners social work with police work in Newaygo

Here's a look at three ways Michigan providers are offering new ways to help people experiencing a mental health crisis.

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