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Listen Listening Don Norman settles into his chair, and pulls his blanket up to his chest.

Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on

The room is warm, shades drawn. A bit of plaster is coming off the ceiling in the corner, but the house is neat. Every shelf is filled with pictures of family. Ever since he and his wife Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on pushed out of their last home, when the hospital near them started an expansion and bulldozed their old block. They said that they steered the black people in this area. Because they always want to keep certain areas, you know Norman charges through the house, in a green Ninja Turtles t-shirt with sunglasses perched on her head.

Most people just throw away these kinds of postcards. Not LaDonna Norman. She keeps telling me she has no filter. She warns people about how much she cusses nearly as much as she actually cusses. She grew up in this home, spent her whole adult life in different apartments around the city. Up until about a year and a half ago. It was the summer of She had to leave the apartment she was in, and she started looking for a new one. It was the availability of the property," LaDonna Norman says. Around that time, data from the U.

Census showed the rental vacancy rate in Grand Rapids was below one percent — lowest in the nation. White people in Grand Rapids are the sh White people out there are weird. Grand Rapids is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Credit Kaye Lafond. Investors around the country have noticed. This is the foreclosure fallout happening today.

Grand Rapids was already a city with deep racial disparities — one of the worst in the country, according to an analysis published on Forbes. Aaron Metaj is in a sharp suit, in a conference room at an office park just off the highway. Inwhen everything collapsed in the housing market, Metaj had an up-close look at the unfolding disaster. Metaj says he stayed afloat by selling a lot of mortgage foreclosures. No one was swooping in to buy up cheap homes around here.

During the foreclosure crisis, Blomquist and his company put out regular reports on foreclosures, including the hardest hit cities and states.

Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on

Michigan was in those reports a lot. But, something else now seems weird in the U. And he sums it up with this question:. Blomquist says homeownership rates in the U. He estimates there are between 7 and 9 million fewer homeowners in the U. And yet, home prices are going up. Home sales are strong.

Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on

It found about a third of all home sales nationwide in went to investors. An analysis of local property records by Michigan Radio shows similar. Thirty-two percent of single family homes sold in the city of Grand Rapids in went to investors.

Of those investor owned homes, 15 percent went to investors from out of state. He says starting inthis little property management firm his father started to help serve mostly local landlords, suddenly had a lot more interest. People are coming in. Metaj says the reasons for all this new investor interest in humble little Grand Rapids are simple economics. Local job growth is strong.

Apartment vacancy rates are low. And property — compared to many major cities around the country — is still relatively cheap. Daren Blomquist Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on in the initial stages of the foreclosure crisis, big hedge funds and opportunistic investors swooped in to buy homes in many big cities across the country. Those cities are now kind of played out. Day one or day two. There was views on that house. But imagine being one of the people just looking for a place to live.

Gordon works for the Kent County Intermediate School District, where she oversees services for students in the district who are considered homeless. It can be very hard to get a handle on how many people in an area are having trouble finding a place to stay. There are ways of keeping track — calling around to all the shelters, for example. But not everyone without a home ends up at a shelter. The first move, for most people, is to move in with a friend or family member. Others stay in cars, or rent a motel room for a few weeks. So, if you want to know how many people are being affected by housing issues in an area — particularly how many families are affected — school districts are one of the best places to find the answer.

Right now in Grand Rapids, anywhere you go, you can find anecdotal stories about how the soaring housing market is pushing people out of their homes. I asked Gordon what her data show.

Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on

For the county as a whole, there were about students listed as homeless for the school year. In the school year, that was more than 2, Gordon says some of the increase is because schools are doing a better job of identifying students in a precarious housing situation. So it's like a big jump, especially when you're a single mom. She lives in Grand Rapids with her mom. After the landlord raised the rent at the place they were staying, she and her mom ended up living in a motel room for three months in The place where she stays now, Snell says she originally moved into with her aunt and uncle.

But as of March, Jessica told me her aunt and uncle had moved out. Census, median household income in Grand Rapids rose five percent from to Unemployment in the area is under four percent.

Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on

And there are a whole lot of people out there working hard, like Jessica Snell. According to the U. About two weeks ago, I met up with them again, at the bus terminal downtown. Snell has a car. This was just a central place where we could talk. In March, when Snell and I talked, she said she was looking into getting a second job to cover the cost of rent. Since then, she says she got a different job offer in Alabama. Her current boss fought to keep her, which ended up helping her in the money department.

So I just work. There are apartment buildings going up all over the city. There are tax breaks to consider. Many of them include just one- or two-bedroom units — too small for a family.

Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on

And the price of the apartments is out of reach for a lot of city residents. People want the commission to do more. There are people who show up regularly now, people like LaDonna Norman, who we heard from earlier. But more people keep showing up.

In February, a new group focused on housing issues called Grand Rapids Homes for Allorganized a group of people to give comments to the commission. And they had nowhere to go, they had finances to help them. And once the milleniums come in with their breweries and their medical, where does that leave us? It leaves us out in the cold. The city is being asked to do more. To respond to this housing crisis, this housing emergency, this housing war, as different people have called it in the last few months. Grand Rapids Homes for All has a list of policy demands, including new rules about tax breaks for developers, to require more affordable apartments.

And changes to the definition of what counts as affordable, so it truly helps people who are low income. And many other recommendations. But the forces driving up real estate costs, some of them seem bigger than the city. Allen is commissioner for the third ward, on the south side of town where much of the displacement in the city is happening.

And he says when he looks at real estate trends in Grand Rapids — the low of available apartments, the historically low of homes for sale in the region, all driving up prices — it makes him very worried. To Allen, that approach has to go beyond housing. But if wages go up too, and if wages go up for everyone in the city, not just a few, more people will be able to afford a place to live. We approve a lot of tax breaks for large businesses that create jobs.

Allen says the city could also gear its own contracting toward firms that hire more equitably. And the commission is looking into that.

Grand Rapids girl with strange turn on

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