Gracious Grounds to build apartment complex for residents with disabilities

What’s happening: Gracious Grounds, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating inclusive communities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, has been awarded  $15 million in funding from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). 
Gracious Grounds is using $15 million in MDSHA funding to build a 77-unit state-of-the-art apartment complex in Grand Haven designed for adults with intellectual disabilities.
What’s planned: The funding will be used for a $17.5 million housing development in Grand Haven. The state-of-the-art apartment complex will be designed for adults with intellectual disabilities. 

The 77-unit complex is a significant step forward in Gracious Grounds' mission to provide safe, supportive, and inclusive housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

This development will enable adults with disabilities to live independently in a welcoming community while accessing the resources they need to thrive.
Gracious Grounds offers housing, community connections, and a culture of support—allowing adults with disabilities to thrive in their independence.
What they are saying: "We are deeply grateful to MSHDA for their generous funding of our vision," says Liz Nienhuis, executive director of Gracious Grounds.

"This funding will help us create a home where individuals with intellectual disabilities can lead fulfilling lives, make meaningful connections, and continue to contribute to our community in meaningful ways."

What’s special: The apartment complex, scheduled to break ground in spring 2024, will be equipped with modern amenities, accessibility features, and communal spaces tailored to the needs of its residents. The project will not only provide a safe and nurturing environment but will also promote self-sufficiency, independence, and a sense of belonging. 

Gracious Grounds will rely on community support to raise an additional $2.5 million to complete the development. The additional funding will be used for capital expenses not covered by MSHDA and to provide programs and services for the residents of Gracious Grounds. 
Gracious Grounds' existing community includes a variety of always-optional weekly activities and gatherings that foster growth and connection.
How they are doing it: This collaboration between Gracious Grounds and MSHDA exemplifies a shared commitment to enhancing the lives of those with intellectual disabilities and fostering inclusive communities in Michigan. The impact of this initiative extends beyond housing, as it contributes to building a more diverse and welcoming society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

How to help: Gracious Grounds welcomes the support of the community, businesses, and individuals who share in this vision of inclusivity. Contributions and partnerships will play a vital role in ensuring the success of this apartment complex and other initiatives aimed at improving the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities.
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