Wolverine Building Group Nurtures Communities and Local Economy with Affordable Housing—Full Story and More in The Who’s Who in Building & Construction Magazine

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Wolverine Building Group, founded in 1939, performs renovations, creates mixed-use projects, and builds multifamily housing, retail, and office spaces. They’re sharing the message about the community (and tax) benefits of affordable housing in The Who’s Who in Building & Construction Regional Magazine.

Wolverine Building Group, founded in Grand Rapids in 1939, is now a national general contracting company that performs renovations, creates mixed-use projects, and builds multifamily housing, retail, and office spaces. From performing historic renovations, Wolverine learned about the availability of federal tax credits under the Historic Preservation Fund—which led to the discovery of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program. LIHTC-funded housing must adhere to the same standards as market rate housing, as well as accommodating the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—and frequently is designed with families in mind (multiple bedrooms and family-friendly amenities).

Housing is crucial to reversing poverty—it is extremely difficult to become employed without housing (and vice versa). Lack of housing also impedes access to vital social services. As cities (like Grand Rapids) become gentrified, housing costs rise near centers of employment—so underserved communities face difficult commutes or the total loss of employment. Aaron Jonker, co-President of Wolverine Building Group, sums it up: “Affordable housing benefits everyone, it provides stable housing, adds jobs to the local economy, and builds community.”

Wolverine often partners with developers to take on projects. One such community-development initiative is their recent partnership with Medallion Management of Kalamazoo. The companies have completed two of three stages for developing and building Silver Star Apartments, the first LIHTC-funded permanent supporting housing for previously homeless veterans.

These kinds of innovations and stories are the bulk of The Who’s Who in Building & Construction, the biannual digital and print magazine which features in-depth coverage of Wolverine Building Group, along with other local stories, project news, the latest content from the construction industry’s thought-leaders, and a buyers’ guide of the industry’s top companies, indexed by name and by trade.

The values of the The Who’s Who magazine come to life at the regional Who’s Who in Building & Construction Showcase events, with abundant opportunities for individuals and companies in the commercial construction industry to build new connections and discover the latest techniques and technology at seminars.

Be sure to check out Grand Rapids’ Who’s Who Showcase on Tuesday, October 18th, at NOTO’s

To find out more details about all upcoming Showcases please go to: http://thewhoswhoshowcase.com/

To read the premier editions of The Who’s Who in Building & Construction, please go to: http://www.thewhoswho.build/digital-editions/

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