Recommendations from Mayor’s Affordable Housing Committee: Maintaining the status quo while appearing to promote housing justice

Recommendations from Mayor’s Affordable Housing Committee: Maintaining the status quo while appearing to promote housing justice
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
Last summer, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss announced that she was forming an affordable housing committee, with the intent of addressing the crisis Grand Rapids has been experiencing around cost and availability around affordable housing.

Since last fall, a committee has been in place and has been meeting to discuss the issues of affordable housing, along with putting together a list of recommendations for how to address this crisis. However, before we get to the recommendations, it seems important to provide some context to what has been happening in recent years around housing and gentrification in Grand Rapids. https://griid.org/2017/04/06/recommendations-from-mayors-affordable-housing-committee-maintaining-the-status-quo-while-appearing-to-promote-housing-justice/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Last summer, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss announced that she was forming an affordable housing committee, with the intent of addressing the crisis Grand Rapids has been experiencing around cost and availability around affordable housing.

Since last fall, a committee has been in place and has been meeting to discuss the issues of affordable housing, along with putting together a list of recommendations for how to address this crisis. However, before we get to the recommendations, it seems important to provide some context to what has been happening in recent years around housing and gentrification in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Housing Crisis

For years now Grand Rapids has been involved in a development boom, with new projects being introduced on a monthly basis. Besides the downtown development boom, there are other areas that have also experienced major development changes, such as along the Wealthy Street corridor, the Michigan…

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