Navigating the Housing Crisis: Resources and Support in Southwest Michigan

The search for affordable housing can be an overwhelming challenge for many families in the Southwest Michigan area. As a migrant/bilingual teacher, I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles faced by families forced to move due to housing instability. In response to this pressing issue, we’ve compiled a list of resources and support networks aimed at alleviating the burden of house-hunting and providing assistance to those in crisis situations.

Addressing the Housing Crisis

For individuals facing eviction, homelessness, or foreclosure, accessing immediate assistance is crucial. One invaluable resource is, which is both a website and a crisis phone number.  211 connects callers with verified agencies capable of addressing their specific needs. Whether it’s securing temporary shelter, or financial assistance, 211 offers support in both English and Spanish. It’s important to note that some agencies may require documentation such as a social security number or a rejection letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), but the advocates at 211 are equipped to navigate these complexities.

Additional Resources

In addition to 211, several other organizations and agencies are dedicated to supporting families in need of housing assistance. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Housing Assessment Resource Council (HARA), and your local Community Mental Health Service Program (CMHSP) may be valuable resources for navigating housing challenges. The Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA), United Christian Services of Eastern Van Buren County, and We Care Community Resource Center can also offer a range of services tailored to the community’s needs.

Local Solutions

For those specifically interested in the Fennville area, Felipe Rosas (269-543-7324) is a trusted local real estate investor who may be able to provide rental and purchasing options. Veronica Huerta (Office:616-662-9664, Cell: 616-848-5678), a bilingual realtor, specializes in assisting families with the home-buying process, including financing options. It’s worth noting that some banks offer loans to individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security number, providing an alternative pathway to homeownership.  Dave Lehner (Cell: 231-766-8051), Branch Manager at Michigan Mortgage, has information in regards to this type of financing.

Looking to the Future

For families aspiring to build their dream home, Rene Rodriguez (269-633-9466), a Certified Housing Counselor with Allen Edwin Homes, offers expertise and guidance throughout the construction process. With a focus on education and empowerment, Renee helps families navigate the complexities of homeownership, ensuring they make informed decisions for their future.


The search for affordable housing in Southwest Michigan can be daunting, but it’s not insurmountable. By leveraging the resources and support networks available in the community, families can find stability and security in their housing situation. Whether facing a crisis or embarking on the journey to homeownership, assistance is within reach. Together, we can work towards ensuring that every family has a place to call home.

Do you know of additional resources/housing options available in the Southwest Michigan area?  Please email  We would love to add your resources to the list!  Thank you!