The Housing Commission of Grand Rapids received an award for innovation in affordable housing.

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), a housing and community development advocacy organization, recently named the Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) as a 2022 Award of Merit recipient.

“The Housing Commission is committed to expanding access to affordable housing for veterans, seniors, people with disabilities and all low-income families in our community,” said Lindsey Reams, GRHC Executive Director.

In the Programmatic Innovation: Affordable Housing category, the 2022 Award of Merit was recognized for the development agency’s Antoine Court Apartments project. The $13.5 million, 50-unit building is located at 901 S. Division Ave. and was opened in October 2021.

Innovative aspects of the Antoine Court development include project financing through public and private resources, barrier-free access for residents with disabilities, LEED Gold certification, preferences for veteran applicants, and on-site resident services such as assessment and management cases presented by GRHC staff social workers and community partner organizations.

“We are working with the city, HUD, local nonprofit developers and affordable housing advocates to continue to find innovative ways to advance housing equity,” Reams said.

Reams also said that in addition to the Antoine Court development, GRHC has assisted a number of efforts by local developers to build or renovate multifamily affordable housing projects in Grand Rapids.

This was done by awarding Section 8 Project Vouchers to support low-income housing tax credit applications.