GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) now has $450,000 to support the housing needs of even more veterans and people with disabilities.

The GRHC was awarded a $344,507 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund 55 rental subsidies administered through the federal Mainstream Voucher program.

Mainstream Vouches support the housing needs of people with disabilities who are under the age of 62. The vouchers are particularly targeted to those who are moving from a prison or jail, at serious risk of going to prison or jail, homeless, or at risk for homelessness. The Mainstream program will also provide supportive services coordinated by the GRHC's on-staff social work professionals in collaboration with The Salvation Army, Disability Advocates, local hospitals and nursing homes, and other community partner organizations that serve people with disabilities.

The commission was also awarded a $105,705 HUD grant called the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) grant. It will fund 22 rental subsidy vouchers that support veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Referrals to the GRHC's HUD-VASH program will be through the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. The GRHC's referral process for the available Mainstream Vouchers will be by drawing several hundred potential eligible applicants who are currently on the Section 8 waiting list.

The addition of the 77 Mainstream and HUD-VASH vouchers brings the total number of rental housing subsidies provided through the GRHC's Section 8 program to 3,459, the GRHC says.

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