'Win-win': GR homeless family shelter gets OK

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (via WOOD TV 8) — The Grand Rapids Planning Commission on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a plan to turn Holland Home’s Fulton Manor into temporary emergency shelter for homeless families with children.

“It does seem like a win-win situation to me to be able to provide a need for these families seeking shelter and make use of a building that’s going to be sitting vacant otherwise,” said Rick Treur, a member of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission who also lives in the neighborhood where Fulton Manor is located.

Holland Home, which said the building is no longer suited for assisted living, transitioned the last seniors living there to other facilities in November. Over the next year, it will decide what to do in the long term with the building at 1450 Fulton St., east of Fuller Avenue.

In the meantime, Family Promise of Grand Rapids will lease the building and use it to provide temporary housing shelter for up to 116 homeless families. It will have on-site case management and 24-hour security services. 

The agency will begin accepting homeless families in January.

Read the full story at WOODTV.com.

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