Housing coaltion talks under way

The Northwest Ottawa Area Housing Coalition is hosting a series of meetings from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.
Tribune Staff
Jan 8, 2013


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



The lack of housing for the entry level young men & women in Grand Haven and the surrounding municipalities that serve you meals at the restaurants, that run the machines in the local manufacturing facilities, etc., etc., is the Elitist Zoning in the area that precludes the building of any entry level housing / condo's. Minimum lot size 100' wide, min. lot sq. ft. 13,000, minium house sq. ft. 1,040 or larger. My first home was 769 Sq. Ft. on a 75'x125' lot, without a garage, My wife and I were tickled pink to get it @ $23,500, we moved up to a larger house 4-years later.

Only after the municipalities surrounding Grand Haven realize their social and moral responsibility to provide Entry Level Housing for their offspring will there be any signifigant change. For now your servers, manufacturing floor personell will have to drive to/from work every day.

The real change will come once the Leaders of these commuinities come together in a colition to present to the zoning commissions real affordable entry level, land development zoning. I'm talking about the Church Leaders, Manuacturing leaders, Rotary Leaders, the Legion, the Elks, everybody.

Personally I think the real fear by the municipalities, is the fear of creating "Affordable Housing Ghetto's". Many communities have mistakenly pursued those kind of projects that subizided, deadbeats and social parisites. We don't need those, I'm talking about Entry Level housing for working class young men and women that have a Job, have good Credit and just need a decent place to live in a decent neighborhood. I can be done.


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