What's Goin' On!

Jack's Story of Hope

Meet Jack, who has lived in Heartside for nearly 20 years in a historic Dwelling Place apartment building called The Herkimer. He enjoys living downtown; he goes to church right down the road and is well-known in the community for sharing fun facts. "I'm a bottomless pit of trivia" he remarks with a smile. Jack likes to keeps things light, but in 2013, he was diagnosed with rare skin cancer that threatened his life. “The doctors told me I had one year to live, two tops” says Jack.

Dwelling Place Lunch & Learn Series

You're invited to connect with Dwelling Place over lunch. 37 years ago seven local organizations came together to form Dwelling Place in an effort to preserve affordable housing in the Heartside Neighborhood. Today, we provide over 1400 affordable apartments and town-homes in 10 different communities across 4 counties in West Michigan. As an organization, we continue to grow and expand our reach. Because everyone deserves a Dwelling Place. 

Key Topics: 
-Brief History of Dwelling Place
-Overview of our Housing Development Process

Neighbor Knowledge Exchange

An open house style event, the Neighbor Knowledge Exchange is to learn more about resources in West Michigan, participate in raffles, and engage with fellow residents and staff on how to get involved in the community! Our free Neighbor Knowledge Exchange is open to residents and will take place from 3-7pm on Thursday, January 31th, at 106 South Division. Participants will participate in a scavenger hunt for information and be eligible for prizes.

Calling all resident artists!

You are invited to submit works that touch on the theme of home. From painting to writing and everything in between, works can be submitted in any size or format as long as they fit through a traditional door frame and are ready to hang. Limit two works per person. You also have the opportunity to sell your work during the exhibition if you so choose.

Drop off: May 30 3-6pm at the Dwelling Place Main Office (101 Sheldon Blvd in Grand Rapids)

Exhibition: June 1, 6-9pm at 106 South Division Avenue in Grand Rapids

Join a Heartside working group with The City of Grand Rapids

Over the past year, the City of Grand Rapids has been engaging the Heartside Neighborhood in a Quality of Life Study. Perhaps you’ve heard of, or participated in, some of the engagement events that have been hosted thus far, including the Listening Sessions (Fall 2017), Neighbor Knowledge Exchange Report-Out (January 2018), and the Work Group Orientation event (March 2018). The next step for the Study is to form Work Groups that tackle one of seven themes.

Paint Your Neighborhood with Hope College Students!

You are invited to join fellow Dwelling Place residents and Hope College students for two evenings of drawing and painting. 

Come to one or both nights to create a piece of artwork about your experiences in your neighborhood. 

All participating artists will have their works on display in a community art show this May. Painting nights are: April 3rd and April 5th from 4-5:30pm in the Herkimer community room at 309 South Division and dinner will be provided.

In Memory of Paul Bowers

Dwelling Place would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of one our former long-time Board members, Paul Bowers, who passed away on February 1, 2018.
Paul served on the Dwelling Place board for 14 years from 1998 until 2012. During that time Paul was
involved in the development of 16 affordable housing initiatives undertaken by Dwelling Place.