Link to full RAPIDIAN ARTICLE
A coalition of 24 community organizations will be presenting a position paper to the Grand Rapids City Commission at 10:30am tomorrow (7/27/2010) calling for cooperation to address growing housing concerns as a result of the recent changes in the real estate market.
The position paper calls for three primary issues to be addressed.
* Ensuring a minimum standard of quality among all rental units by adding single family rental units to the City’s rental inspection and certification program.
* Redesigning the City’s vacant property inspections program to mitigate the negative effects that the foreclosure crisis has had on property values, crime, and neighborhood stability.
* Creating a comprehensive, accessible, and accurate database of parcel information.