Open Doors just purchased a 6-unit apartment building in the Milwood neighborhood which will be used for families who need homes.
The apartment building was purchased with funds provided by the William and Julia Van Domelen Foundation. In addition to providing funds to purchase the building, the foundation is providing the funds necessary to replace the building’s roof and boiler, improve the building’s insulation to reduce heating costs, and create a play area on the property for children.
The William and Julia Van Domelen Foundation previously made it possible for Open Doors to purchase Cooper Apartments on W Lovell Street in 2011 and 3611-3629 Duke Street in 2013.
The foundation has now funded the acquisition of 48 apartments for Open Doors.
Open Doors Kalamazoo now has a total of 101 affordable rental units for working families on the lower end of the pay scale. Through housing, partnerships, and advocacy, Open Doors Kalamazoo has been helping individuals and families overcome homelessness since 1970.
“A home is necessary for a stable family life,” said Rick Stravers, Executive Director of Open Doors. “In order to grow and thrive, children need a home. We are grateful to the William and Julia Van Domelen Foundation for making it possible for Open Doors to help more families get homes for their children.”