GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new program in Michigan has successfully gotten 121 homeless people off the streets by putting them up in formerly vacant houses.
“I had been off and on the streets for about 4 years,” Herman Lee told WXMI. “If it wasn’t for Well House, I wouldn’t know where I would be right to this day.”
Well House is a non profit that owns 12 homes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. WXMI reports that on average, 1,000 homeless people sleep on the streets in Grand Rapids on any given night.
Well House is working to move homeless people into permanent and shared housing. Well House is buys up vacant homes in the area, renovates them and then rents out rooms to the homeless for about $275 per month.
In just 3 years, they have moved 121 people off the street, and 92% of those people have stayed off the street.