The Rental Readiness Program is available to low-income Grand Rapids households that have applied for rental housing and have been denied by the landlord. The program is administered by the Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) and is free of charge.

The household whose rental application was denied completes and submits the online Rental Readiness Application form.


GRHC staff* process each applicant’s paperwork, obtain and analyze the applicant’s credit report, and assess barriers to rental readiness. The applicant is invited to a private consultation to develop a Rental Readiness Plan. Some households are referred to employment services, with the goal of developing the resources that make rental housing more affordable. Others may be referred to Rental Readiness Workshops that can help them overcome barriers to renting. The GRHC partners with the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF), the Grand Rapids Urban League, West Michigan Works! and other service agencies to provide this assistance.

*The staff who process applications possess a Master of Social Work degree as well as years of experience helping families overcome barriers to housing.

Rental Readiness Workshops are offered both at the Rental Assistance Center and at various off-site locations. Households become certified as “rental ready” by completing workshops on such topics as…

  • Employment and income
  • Résumé building
  • Credit and budgeting
  • How to be a good tenant
  • What landlords look for in a tenant
  • The housing search process
  • Tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities

GRHC staff work with each household to create a portfolio of the documents needed to complete rental applications.

By attending workshops and eliminating barriers to renting, the household earns a Rental Readiness Certificate that’s valid for 90 days. The Certificate and Rental Readiness portfolio give the household a competitive advantage in a tight rental market by demonstrating to prospective landlords that the family is qualified and ready to rent.

241 Lane Ave NW – 1, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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4 Bed – 1 Bath
Size: 1200

Year built: 1900
$1,345.00
Rental Description
1,200 sq ft 4 bedroom, 1 bath lower duplex unit conveniently located close to I-196 and the Bridge Street Corridor. Some of the many amenities include a large modern kitchen with a bar top, a washer and dryer, ample sized bedrooms, 1 off street parking spot and a deck. Water and sewer, trash, lawn and snow care are included. Tenant responsible for gas and electric. $1,345 per month $1,100 security deposit, $275 nonrefundable cleaning fee. 1 year lease, available immediately.

No Evictions or Felonies within past 5 years. Clear Credit and Background Check.

Property Description
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Lease Terms
$1,100.00 security deposit
Pets accepted on a case by case basis. Minimum pet rent starts at $25 per month with a $150 nonrefundable pet fee.

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138 Travis St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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4 Bed – 2 Bath
Size: 1800
$1,585.00
Rental Description
Spacious 1,800 sq ft home with 4 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 2 half baths with bonus basement living space, available immediately! This beautiful home has an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, brand new bedroom flooring, remodeled full bathroom, 1 stall garage/1 stall carport combo, and private backyard with a deck. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown and walking distance to the Creston shopping district. Water and sewer, trash, lawn care and snow removal included. Tenant responsible for gas and electric. 1 year lease, $1,585 per month, $300 nonrefundable cleaning fee, $1,300 security deposit.

Clear credit and background. No evictions in the past 5 years.

Property Description
Apply online at www.lifecyclepm.managebuilding.com

Lease Terms
$1,300.00 security deposit
Pets accepted on a case by case basis. Minimum pet rent start at $25 per month and $150 nonrefundable pet fee.

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2112 Winans Street Northwest – 1, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
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2 Bed – 2 Bath
Size: 1300
$1,495.00
Rental Description
2 bedroom, 2 bath 1300 sq ft house on a large wooded lot, available immediately! This charming home is only 4 miles from GVSU and a short trip to downtown Grand Rapids. This home includes central air, washer/dryer, dishwasher, gas fireplace, ample storage, hardwood floors and 2 two car garages. Located in the Grandville school district, a new deck is being added this spring for your outdoor enjoyment. $1,495 per month plus $120 per month propane (LP) charge, $275 nonrefundable cleaning fee, $1,300 security deposit, 1 year lease. Tenants are responsible for electric, trash, snow removal and lawn care.

No Evictions or Felonies within past 5 years. Clear Credit and Background Check.

Property Description
Apply online at: www.lifecyclepm.managebuilding.com

Lease Terms
$1,100.00 security deposit
Pets accepted on a case by case basis. Pet rents starting at $25 per month. $150 Nonrefundable Pet Fee

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1310 Beechwood, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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2 Bed – 1 Bath
Size: 800

Year built: 1935
$1,150.00
Rental Description
Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath 800 square foot house available April 15th. Easy access to I-96 and Medical Mile, within easy walking distance to Huff Park. New luxury vinyl plank floors throughout, with a main level washer and dryer. This home also includes off street parking, a large back yard and basement storage. Rent includes water & sewer, trash and landscaping. Snow service is available for an extra $40 per month. One year lease, $1,150 per month, $850 security deposit, $300 nonrefundable cleaning fee.

No Evictions or Felonies within past 5 years
Clear Credit and Background

Property Description
Apply online at: www.lifecyclepm.managebuilding.com

Lease Terms
$850.00 security deposit
Pets accepted on a case by case basis. Minimum pet rent starts at $25 per month and $150 nonrefundable pet fee.

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1005 Emerald Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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3 Bed – 1 Bath
Size: 1100

Year built: 1900
$1,425.00
Rental Description
3 bedroom, 1 bath 1,100 sq ft single family home available on May 8th. This quiet Northeast location is 2 miles from downtown GR and Medical Mile and 2 blocks away from the original Vitale’s. This home has Central A/C, a large wooded back yard, a 1 stall attached garage, new carpeting and updated finishes. Rent includes water and sewer, trash and lawn care. Snow removal is available for an extra $37.50 per month. Tenant is responsible for gas and electric. $1,425 per month, $1,100 security deposit, $300 nonrefundable cleaning fee.

No Evictions or Felonies within past 5 years
Clear Credit and Background

Pets accepted on a case by case basis. Minimum pet rent starts at $25 per month and $150 nonrefundable pet fee.

Property Description
Apply online at: www.lifecyclepm.managebuilding.com

Lease Terms
$1,100.00 security deposit
Pets accepted on a case by case basis. Minimum pet rent starts at $25 per month and $150 nonrefundable pet fee.

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