Justice Unhoused

Kalamazoo voters approve homeless plan

The new tax will fund rental subsidies and affordable housing for the next 8 years.

Kalamazoo County voters have passed a new housing millage that has the potential to help hundreds of families, veterans, and people with disabilities in the county.

The Kalamazoo County “Homes for All” millage was passed by 51.3% of voters once all the ballots were counted. It would raise more than $6 million per year from a 0.75 mill tax on properties in the county.

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The new plan is based on a much smaller one passed in 2015 that only funded support for families with school-age children.

“Now we’ll be able to expand that to families with all [ages] of children,” said Stephanie Hoffman, co-chair of the Housing For All campaign, as well as “single adults, our seniors, our vets, it will do a lot more.”

Two-thirds of the funding raised would go toward expanding the housing stock in the county “with renovations, rehabs, and potentially new builds for multi-family and single family dwellings,” said Hoffman.

NowKalamazoo published a November 2019 deep dive into the county’s homelessness crisis. We discovered the county lacks affordable housing, support services, and a strategy for addressing the problem of homelessness. This millage would go a long way toward filling in those gaps.

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