West Michigan Housing Network

 

Purpose and Background

This affiliate coordinates efforts to alleviate homelessness in Newaygo, Lake, Mason, and Oceana Counties, and to increase the supply of safe, decent, and affordable housing in our communities.

Activities

  • Data collection to document needs
  • Educate members and the public about affordable housing, homeless programs and needs
  • Advocacy about issues of mutual concern
  • Annually makes recommendations for Emergency Services Grant (ESG) funding allocations and project prioritization to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)

2013-2014: Began merger work to form a regional Continuum of Care with Lake, Mason, and Oceana Counties

Participating Agencies and Organizations

Center for Nonprofit Housing Fremont Area Community Foundation
CMH (Newaygo Co. Mental Health) Newaygo Co. Commission on Aging
Department of Corrections (State of Michigan) Newaygo Co. Community Development
DHS (Department of Human Services) NC RESA (Newaygo Co. Regional Educational Service Agency)
Every Women’s Place/Webster House Youth Services TrueNorth Community Services

Lead Agencies

TrueNorth Community Services
Oceana's Home Partnership

Coordinator

Veronica Turien
Homeowner Program Manager
Center for Nonprofit Housing, a TrueNorth Community Service
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(231) 9240641

Executive Council

Kittie Tuinstra (Chair), Oceana's Home Partnership
Ginger Motzer, Michigan Dept. Health and Human Services, Lake County
Chrysten Gregory, Michigan Dept. of Corrections, Mason County
Crystal France, Oceana County

Meetings

West Michigan Housing Network meets quarterly on the second Thursday of the second month in the quarter. Meetings locations rotate among the Dept. of Health and Human Services offices in the four participating counties.

Homeless in Newaygo County 2015:

Total: 823 individuals
339 children
159 White Cloud
109 Newaygo
79 Grant
32 Hesperia
Remaining were spread throughout the county

Resources

Flowchart of Services for Homeless in Newaygo County (revised Augsut 2016)

Kelly Rose MSHDA slides from 8-25-16 Summit on Homelessness in Newaygo County

Rural homelss slides from 8-25-16 Summit on Homelessness in Newaygo County

Video clip "From Happy to Homeless: Teens in Trouble"