Exit Homelessness. For Good.

Safe, stable, and affordable housing is a human right.

Good Samaritan is a free service for anyone in Ottawa County and the best first step if you’re experiencing homelessness or other housing crisis.


I Need to Find Shelter Tonight

Good Samaritan is not an emergency shelter. Here are the emergency housing services in Ottawa County.

      Get Housing Help in Ottawa County

      What is Good Samaritan?

      At Good Samaritan, our primary goal is to help unlock housing opportunities for you. We serve as the best first step for anyone currently experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing, homelessness. 

      We serve as the central agency in Ottawa County to help connect you with the best housing resources, designated by the State of Michigan as Ottawa County’s Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA).

      When you contact the Good Samaritan team, you can be assured our trained housing specialists will provide you with the best path forward and simple next steps.

      Getting started is easy. The best way to get the housing process started is to fill out a pre-screen application below. You can also call Good Samaritan at 616-392-7159 or stop by the Holland or Grand Haven offices during office hours.

      You’re not alone.

      And we’re here to help.

      Last year at Good Samaritan:

      Individuals provided with housing services


      Households remained housed after completing programming


      People served that identify as BIPOC

      Here’s what some recent Good Samaritan neighbors have said:

      “After losing everything, I slept in my car for several months. Good Samaritan helped me get back on my feet, into housing, and replace much of what I had lost.”

      – Gabriel

      “I love my apartment! When I walked in the door for the first time, it already felt like home.”

      – Linda

      “I became homeless when I found the courage to leave an abusive relationship. Today, my apartment is my sanctuary—and I want you to know there is hope!”

      – Samantha

      This is your journey. We’re here to help.

      How we can help

      Many of the Good Samaritan team have experienced poverty, homelessness, or other housing crises. So when we say we understand your frustrations, we mean it. We know how hopeless it can feel at times when facing massive hurdles like housing. But we’re here to help you on your journey to thrive.

      Since Good Samaritan is the central housing resource in Ottawa County, you can have confidence we will do everything possible to get you into the best program available for you. With a variety of programs and services available, the housing team at Good Samaritan stays on top of the latest criteria and availability to help set you up for success.

      Here’s a brief look at three common affordable housing programs and how we can help.

      Homeless Services Assistance

      Good Samaritan’s Homeless Rapid Rehousing programs provide the following services:

      • Security Deposit Financial Assistance
      • Rental Financial Assistance
      • Case Management
      • Home Maintenance Education
      • Housing Search Services

      Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8)

      Any Ottawa County resident currently experiencing homelessness qualifies for placement on the Housing Choice Voucher. Although Good Samaritan does not run the voucher program, we’re here to ensure your information is added to the waitlist. Vouchers pay a portion of your rent, meaning you’ll may no more than 40% of your income toward rent. To be eligible, you must:

      • Be an Ottawa County resident
      • Meet the Federal definition of “Homeless” (sleeping in an emergency shelter, a vehicle, or outside or other places not meant for human habitation)

      Housing Assessment

      Area housing programs have different eligibility requirements. We can tell you which housing programs are currently available in our county and complete assessments with you to determine if you might qualify for these programs.

      Other Helpful Resources

      Subsidized Housing List
      A list of all subsidized (based on income) and reduced rent options in Ottawa County.

      Housing Search Packet
      Resources, tips and information for those experiencing homelessness or facing homelessness.

      Información para la Búsqueda de Alojamiento
      Consejos, recursos, y informacion.

      Let’s get started.

      When you complete this form, it jump-starts the intake and application process. Someone from our team will contact you within one business day.

      Questions? Talk to Our Team.

      Holland office

      Walk-ins welcome
      513 East 8th St.
      Suite 25
      Holland, Michigan

      Grand Haven office

      Walk-ins welcome
      310 Fulton St.
      Grand Haven, Michigan