An old hotel and a hope for the unhoused

A group is raising money to renovate an old Kalamazoo hotel into housing for the unhoused.

An old hotel in Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood is rising anew – as a group of apartments meant to provide living space for up to 60 unhoused people. But the LIFT Foundation needs to raise the money to make it a reality.

Earlier this year the former Knights Inn on Westnedge Avenue was used as temporary emergency shelter for unhoused people during the cold winter months. The LIFT Foundation bought the property in January.

Long-term plans are to establish 60 fully-furnished studio apartments, as well as to provide wrap-around services for those facing homelessness. The foundation needs to raise $2.5 million for the project.

“Very generous partners, including the City of Kalamazoo, LISC, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and Stryker Johnston Foundation, have made the work to date possible,” reads a news release from the organization.

You can read more, and make a donation, on the LIFT Foundation’s website.

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