Dwelling Place Grand Rapids
Nonprofit Housing Corporation
About Dwelling Place Grand Rapids
Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids Nonprofit Housing Corporation (Dwelling Place) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020 as one of the largest and most effective community development corporations in the state of Michigan. The organization owns and manages more than 1,400 affordable housing units across West Michigan with over 70 staff. Dwelling Place also partners with other CDCs in 5 large affordable housing projects (1,500 units) spread across the state of Michigan.
From its humble neighborhood origins in downtown Grand Rapids, to its current multi-county presence, Dwelling Place has been a force for change in meeting a wide array of affordable housing and support services needs, and as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. Extending from the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids, where Dwelling Place was founded, the organization has several other properties throughout Grand Rapids & Kent County, and has properties and provides services in Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties. Its portfolio of housing incorporates LIHTC, HUD, FHLB, Rural Development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) financed developments serving low income seniors, domestic violence survivors, artists, working families, disabled, and formerly homeless households. Its commercial portfolio of 40+ spaces include 2 bank branches, a soup kitchen, 3 food venues, 2 yoga studios, an insurance company and a myriad of other retail, nonprofit and arts related businesses.
Dwelling Place has been the recipient of numerous local, regional, state and national awards including the coveted Charles Edson Tax Credit Award at Verne Barry Place as the best Urban LIHTC Project in the United States and the prestigious Guvvy Award at Martineau Apartments, an artist community, as the Best Business Initiative in Support of the Arts. It has received many other state and local awards for historic preservation, urban planning and community collaboration.
Dennis Sturtevant, the outgoing CEO who has provided outstanding leadership for the organization for the past 31 years, has recently announced his retirement effective July 31, 2021, and Dwelling Place is now seeking a collaborative Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization on a continued growth trajectory. The new CEO’s charge is to build on the organization’s excellent brand and track record, by leveraging its high-caliber staff, programs and partnerships to continue its growth to serve more residents.
The Organization & Programs
Dwelling Place believes there can be beauty and power in the place we call home, and that everyone deserves such a home, which can evoke a sense of pride and place where respite, restoration, and personal growth can flourish. This is what informs the mission of Dwelling Place and what motivates the organization to create affordable housing communities across West Michigan. Dwelling Place creates homes where residents feel cared for, respected, and uplifted. It is what inspires Dwelling Place to revitalize neighborhoods: the places where people live, work, and play. Following is a summary of the organization’s programs and accomplishments.
Everyone deserves a place to call home, a place to rest and relax, a place to express themselves, a place that they can afford. Dwelling Place makes this a reality by creating living spaces with function, beauty, and dignity in mind. For many, the affordable housing Dwelling Place creates provides access to opportunity because of the locations and cost for the housing. For others, who live with mental illness, face addiction, or have experienced homelessness, Dwelling Place’s housing can make a life-or-death difference. Housing is crucial to the overall stability of a person’s life. Dwelling Place owns and provides services for over 1,400 affordable housing units within 36 Housing Communities.
Dwelling Place has earned a reputation for its innovation and leadership in collaborations and joint ventures with many other housing providers such as Genesis Nonprofit Housing Corporation, LINC Up, Community Encompass, Habitat for Humanity Michigan and the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, to name just a few.
In 2020, Dwelling Place launched the Dwelling Place Regional Community Land Trust (DPCLT) as a new line of business to focus on the creation of150 plus permanently affordable home ownership units over the next 7 years. With local, state and national grant support, this startup effort is leading to a broader interest in shared equity housing from state and local government and other community development corporations across the state.
Dwelling Place provides personalized care by connecting residents to programs and resources that can transform their lives. Dwelling Place walks alongside residents, supporting their journeys to housing stability, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment, and to navigate behavioral and physical health systems or connect them to health clinics, cooking classes, wellness programs, leadership classes, and events that can enrich their lives. Permanent Supportive Housing communities provide homes for persons who were recently homeless, are fleeing domestic violence, or who have disabilities or a mental health condition or substance abuse addiction. Community partners come together to provide funding and staff support to support residents at these communities. Dwelling Place works hand-in-hand with many community organizations to support the 300 plus individuals and families living in our Permanent Supportive Housing. It is crucial that people live in a comfortable environment that enhances their quality of life.
Dwelling Place goes beyond housing to create thriving neighborhoods and communities where people can live, work, and grow, working with residents and other community partners to transform neighborhoods into vibrant communities where business and people thrive. Dwelling Place owns over 100,000 sq. ft. of commercial space which includes live/work space for small businesses.