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Community Development

Mission Statement

To develop viable urban and rural communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

The Community Development Department implements the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in all Kent County communities except Grand Rapids and Wyoming. Funds are distributed from the federal government to the County on a formula basis. The formula considers extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relation to other metropolitan areas.

The Community Development Department awards funding to local projects based on the following requirements:

  1. Meets a need identified in an established action plan;
  2. Not less than 70% of funds must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate income persons; and
  3. The activity meets one of the CDBG national objectives (i.e., benefits low and moderate income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community).

Community Development is also responsible for the implementation of three additional programs:

  • The Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program: which contracts with non-profit housing corporations to provide rental units as permanent housing for homeless individuals and also provides wrap-around services.
  • The HOME Investment Partnership program: provides funding for rehab and new construction of single and multi-family units for low and moderate income families earning at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income.
  • The Homeless Prevention Rapid Re-Housing program (HPRP): is designed to provide rental assistance for a period not to exceed 12 months to ensure homeless families and families at risk of homelessness are adequately housed. This program also provides wrap-around services.

Strategic Goals

  • Maintain/enhance partnerships and relationships that support the mission of Kent County government
  • Diversify sources of revenue

Operational Goals

  • To provide cost-effective timely service to the 34 funded local units of government and County departments receiving Community Development Block Grant funds

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »

Contact Us

Community Development

82 Ionia Avenue NW, Suite 390
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-7400

(616) 632-7405

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