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.

 

1001 Edna Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
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4 Bed – 2 Bath
Size: 2000
Year built: 1946
$1,500.00
Property Description
Email only to invest@grar.com, no calls please. Seeking lease starting now and ending in May or June 2019. Price negotiable. Delightful brick mid-century Alger Heights home with rare narrow plank white oak floors and in-floor radiant heat. Original character nicely preserved, lots of living space, large fenced yard and fresh paint throughout. Walk a block to Brass Ring Brewery, Alger Hardware, Real Food Cafe, the Old Goat, Kens Fruit Market, and Rapid bus lines.
Lease Terms
$1,500.00 security deposit
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600 Broadway Ave NW – 613, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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3 Bed – 2 Bath
Size: 1819
$2,500.00

Rental Description
Link to Unit 613 Floor Plan:
Unit 613 Floor Plan

Rental Features
  • Cable ready
  • Microwave
  • Hardwood floors
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Walk-in closets
  • Balcony, deck, patio
  • Garage parking
  • Laundry room / hookups
  • Oven / range
  • Heat – electric

 


Property Description
Now for Lease! This stunning 1819 sq ft 3-story penthouse condo was designed by Tylor Devereaux for GR Parade of Homes as a model for Union Square. 3BRs, 2BAs, city views from several angles, private sunsets, GR urban living at its best! Private heated parking & much more.

Property Features
  • Laundry room
  • Door attendant
  • Elevator
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Fitness center
  • Club house

 


Lease Terms
$1,750.00 security deposit
1 Year lease $2,500 per month
Nonrefundable Cleaning Fees $250
Small pet to be considered on a case by case basis ($50xtra pet rent per month and $100 additional nonrefundable pet cleaning fees)
Rent includes: all condo association dues and amenities, water and sewer, gas, heated garage parking and one gated parking spot
Tenant to pay: Rent and Electric only


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According to an article in MiBiz.com by Nick Manes:

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“A new study shows that, despite the abundance of cranes in the sky constructing new apartment units around Grand Rapids, it’s not nearly enough.

According to real estate research website Zillow, the Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a 1.6 percent apartment vacancy rate, the lowest in the country. The national vacancy rate by comparison was 7 percent at the end of 2014. This is the lowest vacancy rate since 1993, according to the Zillow study.

“From the Eastown neighborhood, all the way through the central business district and out to the west side, developers have new construction projects — almost entirely apartments — going full force…”

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241 National NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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4 Bed – 1 Bath
Size: 1350
Year built: 1925
$925.00

Rental Description
Rehabbed 4BR 1BA home in downtown Grand Rapids West side neighborhood, less than a block from Bridge Street, near Harmony Brewing, future New Holland Brewing, and more exciting Bridge street development. Shares driveway with another fully rehabbed rental currently occupied by college students. New insulation, new windows and new furnace for efficient heating. Freshly painted by a professional, new BA and KIT floors. Partially fenced back yard with plenty of off street parking. Laundry included. Waterproofed basement for storage, enclosed front porch.

Rental Features

  • Cable ready
  • Hardwood floors
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven / range
  • Heat – gas


Property Features

  • Laundry room
  • Parking


Lease Terms
$925.00 security deposit
12 Months
24 Months

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346 Quimby St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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4 Bed – 1 Bath
Size: 1600
$1,200.00

Rental Description
Beautiful 4 bedroom 1 bath home on the NE side. This spacious home boasts hardwood floors throughout, central air, large closets and a fenced in back yard. Alley access with a parking spot in rear for 1 vehicle.

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Rental Features
  • Hardwood floors
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Fenced yard
  • Laundry room / hookups
  • Oven / range
  • Heat – gas

Lease Terms
$1,200.00 security deposit
1 year lease $1,200 per month includes lawn, water and sewer and trash. Tenant to pay gas and electric and is responsible for snow removal.Pet Friendly with $25-$100 pet rents depending on pet along with a $100 nonrefundable pet cleaning fee.Deposit $1,000, $200 nonrefundable cleaning fee.

6month lease option for $50 more per month.

Minimum income requirement 3x(rent+utilities)=net monthly take home of $4,200 per month.


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