About HRI

About HRI

About HRIEstablished 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 mission is the assurance of housing for socially or economically vulnerable persons in Kalamazoo County.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. HRI is a United Way Agency affiliated with United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. For more information about our local United Way in Kalamazoo, please call 269-343-2524 or visit their website. 

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 to pay fair market rate for a two-bedroom apartment. Fair Market rate for a two bedroom apartment ranges from $780-$850 a month.  The majority 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. Last year, 81% of the families that stay in our Eleanor House emergency shelter had at least one member of their household who is employed yet unable to afford housing.  

To learn more about homelessness in Kalamazoo County please read Kalamazoo 2017 Annual Count. 

During the last year, Housing Resources, Inc. received over 14,000 (duplicated count) requests for service and information 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, into permanent housing and onto self-sufficiency. On any given day, our staff will:

  • Respond to a frantic housing emergency call and arrange for accommodations at the Eleanor House-our family emergency shelter. 
  • Help provide back rent to a landlord so a family can keep their housing.
  • Offer housing rental support to an unemployed middle-aged woman with three children, thereby enabling her to find employment, and eventually move to permanent housing.

As a recipient 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.