Housing help available

Replenishing Grand Haven’s housing stock is its goal, but getting the word out about its programs has been an uphill climb for the city's Neighborhood Housing Services.
Alex Doty
Feb 20, 2013

“We need to make more noise, because not many people know we’re here to help,” Neighborhood Housing Coordinator Char Seise said.

The service provides homeowner counseling for all Ottawa County residents, and grants are available for city residents.

“We’re trying to make Grand Haven a sustainable community for people to live, work and play,” Seise said.

Of 55 people recently surveyed by Grand Valley State University marketing students to see if they are aware of the housing services, four said yes and 51 said no.

The housing program organizers used the services of the college students to drum up ideas for better promotion of their programs.

“Anytime we do something for a while, it is always nice to hear someone else’s insights,” Seise said.

With such an apparently low number of residents aware of the local housing agency, the GVSU students found the area that needs the most work is its visibility.

“Being a part of the city has its benefits, but it’s also a challenge to reach out to the community for what we do,” Seise said. “We don’t even have a sign at the front of the building, so that is a huge deficit.”

Seise said they are now looking at a handful of options to shine a light on their services, ranging from pamphlets and fliers to door-to-door canvassing and installing a sign at the housing office, 20 N. Fifth St.

“Those kinds of details are happening behind the scenes,” she said.

Here’s how the Neighborhood Housing Services can help you:

Call: 616-935-3270

Visit: 20 N. Fifth St., Grand Haven

Connect: grandhaven.org/housingservices

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