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Displaying items tagged: LINC UP

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 16:47

Coalition aims to educate, amplify residents’ voices in GR budget process

GRAND RAPIDS — Dozens of individuals and organizations in Grand Rapids have formed the Coalition for Community Owned Safety to educate residents on the city’s budget and explore new ways to direct city funding to address the root causes of crime. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:31

The StoreHouse tackles inefficient donation process to benefit nonprofits, schools

Distributing excess product to groups in need can be a cumbersome process for large companies, and a Grand Rapids-area organization aims to solve that problem by acting as an intermediary between corporations and nonprofits in need.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 13 February 2022 18:13

Housing Kent takes next steps to address countywide housing insecurity

Kent County housing organization has named a new president to oversee an action plan and raise funding after years of community-wide research on housing insecurity and homelessness.


Tuesday, 28 September 2021 17:25

Nonprofit leader: Housing, business support offer pathways to equitable communities

A Q&A with LaKiya Thompson Jenkins, executive director of LINC UP

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 26 August 2021 15:49

LINC UP names LaKiya Thompson Jenkins as new executive director

GRAND RAPIDS — Community development organization LINC UP has named LaKiya Thompson Jenkins as the nonprofit’s new executive director.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 06 June 2021 12:00

Affordable housing remains in focus as nonprofit exec takes new role

For nearly 13 years, Jeremy DeRoo has played an integral role in seeking equity within disadvantaged Grand Rapids neighborhoods, particularly when it comes to housing and development opportunities.

Published in Nonprofits

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 14:50

Dwelling Place housing nonprofit selects Jeremy DeRoo as new CEO

GRAND RAPIDS —The Dwelling Place board of directors has selected Jeremy DeRoo as the nonprofit housing developer’s next CEO.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 21 September 2020 11:04

Kent County reports lull in COVID-19 testing

Kent County Health Department officials are reporting a recent decline in the number of COVID-19 tests being scheduled and administered at its testing sites, which are now operating below capacity.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:51

GR nonprofits seek land bank properties, state legislation to grow affordable housing stock

GRAND RAPIDS — Local housing nonprofits are beginning to vet dozens of vacant properties made available through the state’s Land Bank Authority in an effort to fill the city’s need for affordable housing.


Monday, 31 August 2020 16:16

Housing nonprofits able to purchase, develop affordable housing on vacant GR properties

GRAND RAPIDS — Nonprofit housing organizations will now have the ability to purchase and redevelop up to 60 different foreclosed properties for affordable housing projects.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:06

Groups say their assistance with Kent County relief fund merits compensation

  GRAND RAPIDS — In partnering on a $25 million small business relief fund, Kent County and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce want to tap a number of community and entrepreneurial support organizations to get the word out to companies and provide volunteers to vet grant applicants. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 15 March 2020 18:45

Opportunity Zones attract affordable housing developers

GRAND RAPIDS — Developers behind two affordable housing developments in Grand Rapids credit their locations within Opportunity Zones for helping make the projects feasible. 


Sunday, 15 March 2020 17:00

Developers try to fill needs in affordable senior housing

GRAND RAPIDS — Local developers are working to increase access to affordable housing for seniors who want to remain in their neighborhoods. 

Friday, 31 January 2020 05:15

LINC Up partners with local developer for GR affordable senior housing

GRAND RAPIDS — Nonprofit LINC Up has partnered with a local developer on a new affordable housing project.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 16:15

Amplify GR’s plans for Boston Square redevelopment move forward

GRAND RAPIDS — After getting the first step in the approval process from the city, nonprofit developer Amplify GR still has more steps to take before beginning a large-scale development proposed in the Boston Square neighborhood.


Friday, 20 December 2019 08:33

Four West Michigan affordable housing projects get tax credits

Four proposed affordable housing projects in West Michigan have been awarded federal tax credits.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:20

Orion Construction, nonprofits start on West Garfield Park development

GRAND RAPIDS — Nonprofits LINC Up and Dwelling Place, along with general contractor Orion Construction Co. Inc., broke ground today on the second phase of an affordable housing development in Grand Rapids’ Garfield Park neighborhood.

Sunday, 18 August 2019 19:45

Density isn’t only affordable housing solution, advocates say

GRAND RAPIDS — Within three days of opening applications, 500 people applied to live in the new Garfield Park Lofts’ 36 units of affordable housing. 


Sunday, 24 March 2019 21:41

LINC UP partners with Ohio developer on proposed $17 million housing project

GRAND RAPIDS — To help curb fears of gentrification, a local nonprofit and an Ohio-based developer have partnered on an affordable housing development on the city’s southeast side. Ohio-based MVAH Development LLC, a development, construction and property management firm, is working with LINC UP on the proposed Eastern Lofts at 623 Eastern Ave. SE. The two hope to secure Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) in the April funding round.

Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:14

FINDING MOMENTUM: The Rapid secures nearly $1 million to study ways to spur growth along Silver Line route

A new effort aims to find ways to kickstart economic growth along The Rapid’s Silver Line bus route from Grand Rapids though southern Kent County.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:46

Nine West Michigan affordable housing projects get tax credits

GRAND RAPIDS — Nine proposed affordable housing projects in West Michigan have been awarded tax credits.


Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:35

Nonprofits must embrace transparency, flexibility to attract talent

GRAND RAPIDS — Filling a seat and collecting a paycheck aren’t enough for the new generation of nonprofit employees.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:29

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s ‘housing crisis’

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:15

Initiative drives diversity for Grand Rapids tech community

GRAND RAPIDS — Despite the many accolades for West Michigan’s economy in recent years, prosperity hasn’t necessarily reached all people in the broader community to the same extent.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 February 2017 13:30

New program to help Latinos start businesses in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing concerns over widespread inequality, economic development stakeholders want to improve their outreach to the growing Latino population in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:36

Start Garden adds execs to reach out to ‘marginalized’ groups

GRAND RAPIDS — By hiring two economic development professionals who work with the minority community, Start Garden LLC looks to broaden its outreach to more entrepreneurs.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:31

National organizations invest in public health through grants to local nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS — Two teams of nonprofits in Grand Rapids this year received grants from national organizations focused on racial disparity in health outcomes.

Published in Nonprofits