Established in 1982 as a 501 c (3) non-profit organization, HRI has dedicated its efforts to finding housing solutions for individuals in the midst of a housing crisis, as well as on behalf of the community at large. Our services are designed to stabilize homeless households and help those in jeopardy of losing their housing, so they are more likely to avoid a repeat situation.
Today, Kalamazoo County shelters provide more than 93,000 nights of shelter each year.
Most people do not associate being homeless with kids who have one or more working parents, but far too often this is the reality of homelessness within our very own community. In Kalamazoo County a family of four must have an income of at $13.13 an hour to pay fair market price for a two-bedroom apartment, and an estimated 47% of our community renters cannot meet this threshold. As a result, one unexpected crisis—an illness, a broken relationship, or a lost job—can mean homelessness.
During the last year, Housing Resources, Inc. received over 5,000 requests for service from Kalamazoo County residents, providing an array of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing solutions . . . all with the ultimate aim of lifting these residents out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. On any given day, our staff will:
- Respond to a frantic housing emergency call and arrange for accommodations at the Eleanor House.
- Provide back rent to a landlord so a family can keep their housing.
- Offer transitional housing to an unemployed middle-aged woman with three children, thereby enabling her to find employment, and eventually move to permanent housing.
As a recepient of local, state and federal funds, HRI participates in the Homeless Management Information System or HMIS. As a community system, HMIS is management by the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and allows HRI to work with other homeless providers to provide a community solutions for those facing a housing crisis. HMIS privacy information allows for sharing of data when it becomes necessary to finding solutions crisit, temporary and permanent solutions.