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    ​On April 22, 2015 Grand Rapids City Commissioners Ruth Kelly, Senita Lenear, and Elias Lumpkins, Jr. engaged more than 200 people representing nonprofit and for profit housing developers, lenders, neighborhoods, educational institutions, local philanthropies, and local and state government agencies in a community conversation about the future of Grand Rapids housing. The Great Housing Strategies event launched a process to review best practices, tools, and strategies for future housing development in Grand Rapids. Over 90 participants volunteered to serve on workgroups that will develop policy and program recommendations. Read more about the Great Housing Strategies April 22nd event here.
    Nearly 100 people met to launch the Great Housing Strategies workgroups on June 12, 2015. Attendees self-selected the workgroup(s) in which they would participate. Workgroups were established around the topics of land use and zoning, housing finance, economic and workforce development, and low-income and vulnerable populations. Facilitated by co-chairs, each workgroup met four times on a biweekly basis to formulate strategies specific to their area of focus. More information on the workgroups and meeting notes can be found below.
    Great Housing Strategies Workgroups
    Land Use and Zoning:
    The land use and zoning workgroup was charged with addressing opportunities and barriers to producing a broad range of housing types for a variety of households and incomes.
    Housing Finance:
    The workgroup on housing finance was formed to analyze financing tools and devleopment incentives that support the production of a broad range of housing types for all households and incomes. 


    Economic and Workforce Development:
    The economic and workforce development workgroup focused on opportunities, resources, and tools to improve housing affordability and stability.

    Economic Workforce Meeting 1 Notes
    Economic Workforce Meeting 2 Notes
    Economic Workforce Meeting 3 Notes
    Economic Workforce Meeting 4 Notes


    Low-Income and Vulnerable Populations:
    The focus of the low-income and vulnerable populations workgroup was on opportunities and barriers to increasing and preserving affordable, accessible housing for low-income households, including the aging, disabled, and homeless.

    Low Income Vulnerable Meeting 1 Notes
    Low Income Vulnerable Meeting 2 Notes
    Low Income Vulnerable Meeting 3 Notes
    Low Income Vulnerable Meeting 4 Notes