Established in 1982 as a 501 c (3) non-profit organization, HRI provides housing solutions for individuals and families during a housing crisis. Our mission is the assurance of housing for socially or economically vulnerable persons in Kalamazoo County. Our services are designed to stabilize households experiencing homelessness and help those in jeopardy of losing their housing. HRI is a United Way Agency affiliated with United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.
Housing Resources, originally named Center City Housing, was founded in response to the mass displacement of very low-income single adults from the last of the community’s old residential hotels. This crisis served to focus attention on the issue of homelessness, as well as the lack of safe and affordable housing opportunities.
First United Methodist Church renovated and deeded a 100-year-old home to serve as the HRI Family Shelter. The 24-bed HRI Family Shelter met the needs of several hundred homeless families over the years. Our shelter services were provided 24 hours a day in a home-like setting designed to keep families together while they seek solutions to their housing crisis.
HRI prides itself in being good stewards of our public and private funding and meeting the the changing needs of our community. After careful assessment of the cost to operate, maintain and repair our 130+ year old historic house as a family shelter, our Board made the very difficult decision to close it permanently in June of 2019.
HRI, as the Housing Assistance Resource Agency for Kalamazoo County, continues to provide a comprehensive menu of homeless assistance, homeless prevention and emergency services to help people facing a housing crisis or homelessness.