The Genesis Non-Profit Housing Corporation was formed by three Kent County not-for-profit affordable housing agencies in early 1998. These three agencies - the Inner City Christian Federation, Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids, and Hope Network - were part of a group of nearly 30 area human service agencies that collaborated to form the Kent County Permanent Supportive Housing Consortium in 1996.
The Kent County Permanent Supportive Housing Consortium was formed in response to a call by the State in 1996 to demonstrate that community agencies could work together in providing permanent supportive housing to special needs individuals and families in the Grand Rapids area. The Kent County Consortium's proposal was one of the first four areas selected by the State to receive development grants to create permanent supportive housing sites.
"To assist persons with
disabilities and those with age related challenges to
maximize their potential through the comprehensive
provision of quality housing and support services."
What Genesis Does
Supportive housing is "permanent, independent, affordable housing for people with disabilities who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, where appropriate supportive services are provided as part of the normal operation of the housing, as a way of helping residents maintain the maximum possible level of independence, stability, and participation in the general community."*
Genesis is a participant in the Grand Rapids Area Housing Continuum of Care (HCOC) and is participating in the HCOC's Vision to End Homelessness in Kent County by 2014.
*Developing and Managing Supportive Housing. Corporation for Supportive Housing.