Kalamazoo motel to be transformed into homes for the unhoused

The City of Kalamazoo will spend $250K to renovate the Knights Inn motel into affordable housing.

A non-profit group plans to redevelop an old motel in Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood into a set of studio apartments to help unhoused individuals and families get off the streets.

The LIFT Foundation bought the old Knights Inn on Westnedge last week for $1.5 million. It is currently being used to provide shelter for homeless people otherwise stuck outdoors during the cold winter months.

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The plan is to continue providing free shelter for the unhoused through April. After that, the City of Kalamazoo is chipping in $250,000 to renovate the motel into a group of apartments. Homeless people will be able to rent the apartments on a sliding scale for no more than 30% of their income.

David Anderson is both Kalamazoo’s mayor and the chair of the LIFT Foundation. He abstained from votes on Tuesday that provided funding for the foundation.

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