Emergency Housing

Grand Rapids Community College is a commuter school, so we do not offer on-campus housing. However, we are here to help you access community resources which offer assistance in times of immediate need. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact Student Life at (616) 234-4160.

Community Resources

Shelter Listings

Although permanent housing is most likely your ultimate goal, gaining acceptance into a program may take over a year. A housing crisis can sometimes be solved in three steps:
1st Step - Emergency/Homeless Shelter,
2nd Step - Transitional Housing,
3rd Step - Permanent Affordable Housing. Resolution will vary depending on your circumstances and program availability.

Community Rebuilders

This program requires a Housing Assessment Program referral from Salvation Army to be eligible for assistance. Please refer to Salvation Army’s entry for further details.* Community Rebuilders helps families and individuals who are homeless move directly into housing. Provides short-term rental assistance, but the program emphasizes the development of self-sufficiency and income growth for clients.

Arbor Circle: Youth Services and Programs 

Arbor Circle's homeless youth services support young adults, ages 16-20, who are experiencing homelessness and/or are without safe and stable housing. Through counseling and other services, these young adults are engaged in a personalized process to understand their needs, build new skills, and identify and create a plan for achieving goals.

Arbor Circle's  Street Outreach team goes out into the community to meet homeless or runaway youth where they are. Outreach staff provides basic needs and resources, builds positive relationships, and encourages youth to connect with available support systems and other community partners.

Call or text: Kat (616) 558-6787, Jamin (616) 295-6544, or Ben (616) 648-6788

The Salvation Army: Kent County

We are here to connect people who are literally homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to the best available housing resource in the community. If you or someone you know is experiencing a housing crisis, please contact 2-1-1 (or (800) 887-1107).

United Way – 211

United Way's 2-1-1 connects people to more than 2,900 services in Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceloa and Oceana Counties including food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more.

Heart of West Michigan United Way, 118 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)  

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority partners to provide homes and preserve places for the people of Michigan. Depending on your housing needs, click on the Rental or Homeless buttons.

Dwelling Place  

Dwelling Place has several housing communities in West Michigan, including homes, apartments, supportive housing, and transitional housing.

Covenant House

Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. We provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Our goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood.