Lakeshore Housing Alliance Distributes $645,098 in Ottawa County to Support Affordable Housing
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has released a second round of Emergency Solutions Grant funding, awarding Ottawa County an additional $645,098 for the Lakeshore Housing Alliance to fund street outreach, emergency shelters and homeless prevention/rehousing in the county.
“The pandemic has definitely impacted housing instability Ottawa County,” says the Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance Lyn Raymond. “These funds play a vital role in providing residents the stability they need to support themselves.”
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) federal entitlement-based program that serves households experiencing or who are at risk of homelessness. This second round of funding comes in addition to the $482,2534 awarded in the spring of 2020 to assist COVID-induced housing insecurity.
The Lakeshore Housing Alliance Allocation and Accountability Committee met in December 2020 to form a distribution plan. The committee is in full charge of distributing the funds and has already distributed funds to Good Samaritan Ministries, Resilience, Community Action House and The Salvation Army of Holland. Any organization providing rental or utility assistance in Ottawa County was eligible to apply.
LHA and its partner organizations are determined to provide street outreach, homeless prevention and rehousing to any residents in need. For more information on the funds or their distribution, contact the Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance Lyn Raymond at 616.368.9150.