Healthy communities provide diverse housing opportunities so that neighbors, regardless of income, can not only have a roof over their heads, but connect with others. What are the ways that your organization or church can effectively contribute to housing justice? This session will dive into the development processes involved in 3 different types of affordable housing:
1. Single family home ownership;
2. “Missing middle” rental housing
3. Large multi-family developments
The presenters will provide an introduction to the development process, explain the funding mechanisms for affordable housing, and share their real life experiences partnering with churches to restore homes in their community for low-income families.
Ryan VerWys is the CEO of the Inner City Christian Federation in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has been engaged in Christian community development southern California and the Midwest since 2000. He was part of the inaugural CCDA emerging leader cohort and is a former CCDA Board member. He holds a B.S.W Calvin University.
Jan van der Woerd is the VP of Real Estate Development and Management at ICCF and has 15 years of professional experience in the affordable housing field. He holds a BA from Calvin College and a Masters of Urban Planning/Policy from the University of Illinois.