Housing coaltion talks under way

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

The purpose of these meetings is to bring awareness to the community about local housing situations.

The meetings, which kick off today, will be in the family center at the St. Patrick’s/St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven.

Char Seise, co-chairwoman of the movement, said they established the coalition because of a lack of options for people who can’t afford to live in this community any longer.

A group of churches, social service organizations and local units of government gathered several years ago to discuss the unmet need of affordable housing.

“We wanted to start this informational series where we can bring people that aren’t necessarily part of that group and just try to come up with some solutions for the housing problems that we see,” Seise said.

Each week’s meeting will feature a speaker discussing various aspects of the housing crisis.

Seise said she is looking forward to seeing members of the community get involved.

“It takes our entire community,” she said. “We all need to be a part of the solution.”

Jane Anderson, the housing and case manager for The Salvation Army in Grand Haven, said it is vital that community collaboration remains strong so they can effectively address present and future concerns.

“Our community is unique,” she said. “It is common that our churches, schools, city officials and service providers work closely in attempting to meet the needs in our neighborhoods.”

Seise said she’s hopeful that the meetings will dispel the myths that people hear about local housing and educate the community about different populations and the housing challenges that local people face.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

— By Emily Anderson, Tribune intern


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