This Monday, November 18 Well House is beginning a new campaign to alleviate homelessness in Kent County. This new initiative is called the 19:1 Campaign and it is in reference to the fact that for every one of the 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Kent County, there are 19 empty housing units that they could use instead of sleeping on the street or in temporary shelters.
Well house is an organization based in Grand Rapids that believes strongly in the Housing First Model. This model recognizes that every individual experiencing homelessness has different needs and struggles, but in order to address their personal issues they first need access to safe, affordable housing. The goal of the 19:1 Campaign is to raise $25,000 between November 18 and the end of 2013 to renovate a house which will be used to provide more affordable housing for people in the Grand Rapids area.
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness is proud to endorse the 19:1 Campaign. For more information on the Campaign and to find out how you can help, visit the Well House home page here or the Event Facebook Page here