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Habitat for Humanity Raising Millions to Revitalize the West Side


So many wonderful things are happening is this city of ours.  Businesses helping business…people helping people.  We’re building, re-building, remodeling, beautifying, and replacing, making West Michigan and Grand Rapids truly a Cool City!

And now, Habitat for Humanity is raising millions to help revitalize Grand Rapids’ West Side.

For more than 30 years Habitat for Humanity in Kentwood has fixed homes, but Wednesday the organization announced a plan to revitalize neighborhoods over the next two years.


Our news partner, WZZM TV13, reports that the plan is called Building Blocks and will use $5 million in donations to build 18 new homes, rehabilitate 22 others, and repair another 160.

This plan has been in the works for over three years. Building Blocks will focus on neighborhoods around five schools on Grand Rapids’ West Side.  May Buikema, executive director of Habitat for Humanity stressed, “We are not coming in and tearing down everything and rebuilding. We are not gentrifying neighborhoods; we are sustaining existing neighborhoods.”

So far Habitat for Humanity has raised $3.5 million of their $5 million goal and you can help by going to

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