Community Resources: Homelessness and Food


Community Rebuilders, opens a new window

Provides housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless persons with disabilities, chronically homeless individuals, veterans, families, and HIV/AIDS patients.

Dégagé Ministries, opens a new window

Provides immediate needs such as food, hot showers, prescription co-pays, mailing address, storage for belongings, and overnight shelter for women. Additional services include laundromat and hair salon. Assists with navigating obstacles to housing, jobs, sobriety, and health.

Genesis, opens a new window

Permanent, independent, and affordable housing for people with disabilities who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, where appropriate supportive services are provided as part of the normal operation of the housing. 

Guiding Light Mission, opens a new window

Men only. Must enroll in program in order to stay (back to work or substance abuse program). Emergency shelter for transients from 7pm to 7am nightly.

Kent County Salvation Army, opens a new window

Provides basic crisis assistance for individuals and families in need of food and utility assistance.

Mel Trotter Ministries, opens a new window

If you are looking to make a referral for a family in Kent County who is experiencing housing insecurity, an eviction, or back rent, please contact Molly Dlugos at (616) 588-8777 or

Use this referral link, opens a new window

Women, Youth and Family

*Shelter requires a referral from the Salvation Army Homeless Assistance Program. Referrals are done by phone at 616-454-5840, then select option 2. 

If you are in need of immediate assistance and need to start services please dial 211.

*ICCF Family Haven, opens a new window

Provides emergency family shelter (30 days). Intact couples with children, single fathers with children, single mothers with children, teenage boys with parents. Offers case management.

Safe Haven Ministries, opens a new window

Provides emergency, short-term shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. Also provides case management, legal support, support groups, etc.

*Family Promise of Grand Rapids, opens a new window

Provides emergency needs of families, including housing. Families remain together, and are not split up, regardless of age or gender. Shelter provides computer center, case managers, and mentors to assist in accessing resources for employment and permanent housing.

Dwelling Place: Liz's House Transitioning Housing, opens a new window
  • Confidential
  • (616) 459-4652
  • Crisis and Advocacy: (616) 426-3727

Newly renovated, one and two-bedroom apartments for homeless survivors of domestic violence referred from the YWCA.

AYA Youth Collective, opens a new window

Homeless and At Risk Youth Drop In Center. Offers case management, free showers, washing machines and kitchen. 

Arbor Circle, opens a new window

Provides 24 hour phone and walk-in crisis intervention for runaway/homeless youth or youth in crisis. Individual and group counseling available. 

*Grand Rapids Housing Commission, opens a new window

Provides a bridge between shelters and permanent housing for homeless women with children. Programs offered are residential shelter, counseling, parenting classes and budgeting classes. Must be referred by Salvation Army Homeless Assistance Program.


Community Christian Reformed Church, opens a new window

Every 2nd Saturday of the month they offer a Mobile Food Truck that distributes 5000 pounds of free groceries and fresh produce. Registrations begin at 11 a.m.. Food distribution begins at 1p.m. 

Family Network of Wyoming, opens a new window

Serves walk-in clients in the Wyoming area. Specialty diet (diabetes, gluten-free, etc.) available.

The Green Apple Pantry

Provides a week's worth of groceries once a month for residents of southeast Kent County residents living between US-131 and Patterson Avenue and 28th and 76th streets. 

North End Community Ministry, opens a new window

Provides food pantry via ACCESS for the northeast side of Grand Rapids. Serves clients with food, clothing, holiday baskets, household items, personal needs, and baby items.

Michigan Department of Human Services

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Determines financial assistance for emergency shelter, heat and utility needs. Applicants arriving after 11 a.m. may file an application, but may not be interviewed until the next business day. 

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