GKAR formed "Michigan REALTORS® Who Care," as a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive impact on housing issues in our region. In 2016, we brought local Kalamazoo Veteran Scott Randolph home (Watch Scott's Story). In 2017-18, we partnered with the Eastside Gateway Project, and in 2019 our goal is to raise $20,000 by year-end for Open Doors's capital improvement project. The efforts we make united, as local REALTORS®, will make a statement to the community that we care about their housing needs and we are taking action!
The fourth annual fundraiser will kick off at 1:45 pm on December 5th, 2019, at Zazio's inside the Radisson. Since many Members like to continue the celebration after Installation, we like to provide a fabulous Red-Carpet Fundraiser that is sure to be a lot of fun—all while supporting an excellent cause that we all believe in. Get your tickets today!
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Michigan REALTORS® Who Care
Michigan REALTORS® Who Care partnered with the Kalamazoo County Land Bank to build eight affordable small homes in East Kalamazoo in a small "pocket" along the East Michigan corridor.
In 2017, the Land Bank engaged with Eastside residents and stakeholders to gather input, then, a charrette was held in the fall 2017 where they gathered interested parties to help guide the project development. Construction will begin in spring 2018, with the hope that at least one home will be ready for the Parade of Homes in June 2018.
Michigan REALTORS® Who Care and the Kalamazoo County Land Bank garnered support to help bring more housing to Kalamazoo's Eastside, which has seen more and more vacant lots crop up. These small homes will be high quality, affordable to buy and maintain, and visually attractive, thus brightening this important corridor near Kalamazoo's downtown.
As of year-end 2018, one of the eight houses has been built and sold!
Michigan REALTORS® Who Care supports the Kalamazoo County Land Bank based on their great success with several projects in the Kalamazoo area. Two great examples are Marketplace and Prairie Gardens. The development of Marketplace resulted in 23 affordable homes being built and sold in the Edison neighborhood, removing blighted homes, and revitalizing the area. The Prairie Gardens Project resulted in 24 units being built for a mixed-income housing. The development removed a large blighted structure and created a community for seniors 55 years and older, with accessible and energy efficient cottage-style duplexes.
The proposed Eastside Neighborhood Project will also remove blighted homes, build 8 new “Tiny Homes” that will provide affordable housing and a path to homeownership. This project has the potential to be duplicated in other areas in the city or across the county.
Kalamazoo County Land Bank hosted a Community Charette for the Eastside Neighborhood Project on October 9th, 2017. Michigan REALTORS® Who Care expressed their support by fully funding the event. Furthermore, their initial goal for financial support is $50,000 with a stretch goal of $100,000.
Michigan REALTORS® Who Care and Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS® (GKAR), in partnership with Lowe’s Heroes and the Cpl. Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation, proudly worked to bring Scott Randolph, Vietnam Veteran of Kalamazoo, home for Christmas 2016!
Operation Bring Scott Home
Shelly Pattison, Michigan REALTORS® Who Care Secretary, volunteering for Housing Resources Inc.'s Walk to End Homelessness event March 2016.
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Michigan REALTORS® Who Care is looking for your input on their next community project. Please make a suggestion for their consideration. Self-nominations are welcomed.