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Crews break ground on affordable housing complex in Grand Rapids

It remains difficult to find affordable housing in West Michigan, but on Thursday, Nov. 15 it could get easier.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Plans for the Inner City Christian Federation to renovate old buildings on Grand Rapid's southeast side and turn them into apartments are coming to fruition.

The development will help young homeless people and offer them support services to get on their feet. Inner City broke ground on the apartments at 501 Eastern Southeast Thursday, Nov. 15.

"ICCF has been working to provide affordable housing in the Baxter Neighborhood for the last 45 years," said Ryan VerWys, President and CEO of ICCF in a news release.

"In recent years, as we've seen rapid rent and home price increases, we've stepped up our commitment to creating and preserving housing in the neighborhood that is affordable to low-income neighbors."

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Matt Gard is the Senior Producer of 13 ON YOUR SIDE Mornings. If you have a story idea, you can contact him on Twitter, @mgard_wzzm13 or by email, MattGard@13ONYOURSIDE.com.