GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Inner City Christian Federation celebrated another Grand Rapids development Thursday morning during a ceremonial groundbreaking.

The latest project, 501 Eastern, will take shape in the Baxter Neighborhood on the city’s southeast side. It’s the second groundbreaking for ICCF within the past month.

“A lot of the neighbors who have lived in this neighborhood for many years are at risk of being displaced and we believe this building is an exciting place where we can have a place for people to stay,” said Ryan Verwys, ICCF president and CEO. 

The two, four-story buildings will house 65 units total, with 17 devoted strictly to youth experiencing homelessness. 

ICCF partnered with Bethany Christian Services to ensure the vulnerable demographic receives proper support.

“We recognize that that’s a critical issue in our community,” VerWys added. “So many youth between 18 and 24 are vulnerable to ending up on the streets or in prison, and we want to be a part of creating a place for them to call home.”

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In the coming weeks, ICCF will also announce a partnership with Mel Trotter Ministries. Houses the group purchased last year will go towards helping people transition from Mel Trotter’s shelter and into affordable permanent housing.