FAQ's

Who is LINC UP?

Incorporated in 2000, our name changed in 2011 from Lighthouse Communities, Inc. to LINC UP, a 501(c)3 nonprofit community development corporation (CDC) based in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

What is LINC UP's mission?

LINC UP's mission is to "help grass-roots non-profit community development groups create affordable housing in their neighborhood for the purpose of stimulating community revitalization."  We are founded on the premise of linking community-organizing efforts with real estate development.  We use both cutting edge community development techniques and the latest tools for real estate development in helping neighbors, business owners, and neighborhood stakeholders realize their visions for the community.

What is the history of LINC UP?

LINC UP was incorporated on June 13, 2000 after a community-based collaborative planning process that included local community development corporations, neighborhood associations, builders, foundations, representatives from the City of Grand Rapids' community development office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and, most importantly, residents of core city neighborhoods.

LINC UP engages in effective community revitalization through partnerships and collaborations with numerous community-based organizations and other neighborhood stakeholders.  LINC UP is founded on the premise of linking community organization efforts with real estate development. We use both cutting edge community development techniques and the latest tools for real estate development in helping neighbors, business owners, and community stakeholders realize their visions for the community.

LINC UP investments have grown significantly over the last five years.  LINC UP has invested over $30 million in housing and commercial development.

What are LINC UP's values?

Diversity
Sustainability
Excellence
Building partnerships
Investment
Community service
Leadership
Teamwork

What type of programs and services does LINC UP offer?

LINC UP offers several programs and services to a diverse pool of customers including homeowners, families, youth, business owners, and rental property owners.  Our services include: housing, economic development, construction, and neighborhood services.  Our programs include: homeownership promotion and preservation, leadership and capacity building, Southtown Matching Fund (SMF), Neighborhood Housing Fund (NHF), Lead Remediation program, foreclosure prevention, housing counseling, rental property management, and business incubation.

What geographic area(s) does LINC UP serve?

LINC UP provides services to Kent County.  In the city of Grand Rapids we also serve a specific geographic area known as Southtown, an area bounded by Wealthy Street on the north, Fuller Avenue on the east, Dickinson Street to Buchanan Avenue on the south, and Buchanan Avenue to Albany to Division Avenue on the west. (See map of Southtown).

How do I get involved with LINC UP?

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit our calendar or contact us by phone at (616) 451-9140.  If you would like to make a charitable donation online to support LINC UP, Click here.

Do you provide funding to individuals or organizations?

LINC UP does not provide funding directly to individuals.  Through the Southtown Matching Fund, a City of Grand Rapids Community Development Block grant funded program, LINC UP provides funding to neighborhood-based organizations, block club groups and resident groups in Southtown.

Can I buy a house through LINC UP?

Yes, visit our For Sale page for details, complete the application form online or download the form right here.

Can I view a list of houses available for sale through LINC UP?

Yes, click here for a listing of homes available for sale.

Can I view a list of places available for rent through LINC?

Yes, click here for a listing of places available for rent.

Can I rent a place through LINC?

Yes, visit our For Rent page for details, complete the application form online or download the form right here.

Have questions about our homeownership programs?

Read here our Guide to Homeownership in Kent County.

Have other questions?

Contact us by phone at (616) 451-9140, by mail at the street address below or by email for more information.
 
LINC UP
1167 Madison Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: (616) 451-9140
Fax: (616)- 451-0615
 

 

1167 Madison Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507
p: 616.451.9140 f: 616.451.0615 e: info@lincrev.org

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