Tag: <span>affordable housing</span>

John Bitely and Bob Filka of HBA of Michigan explain how new housing projects are helping Michigan’s housing shortage

Rockford-based Sable Homes President John Bitely and Home Builders Association of Michigan CEO Bob Filka recently spoke with media about how new housing projects can help the housing shortage in local communities throughout the state. “It’s no secret, and we’ve been talking about it for a long time – there’s a huge demand for housing, […]

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John Bitely participates in Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce housing-focused forum

During a housing-focused forum hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 16, Sable Homes President John Bitely was one of many West Michigan housing experts and developers who called on the business community for support during what they call an increasingly difficult environment for building attainable housing, reported Crain’s Grand Rapids […]

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John Bitely joins community leaders in Kent County Housing Assessment roundtable discussion

On Feb. 13, Sable Homes President John Bitely was invited to participate in a media roundtable discussion at the Grand Rapids Chamber hosted by Housing Next, an organization dedicated to advocating for new housing solutions in Kent and Ottawa counties. The roundtable was held in conjunction with the release of the 2022 Kent County Housing […]

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John Bitely to GRBJ: Attainable housing in West Michigan continues to shrink, largely due to government regulation

For years, Sable Homes President John Bitely has been working tirelessly with local chambers of commerce, economic organizations like The Right Place, and municipalities in an effort to provide an ample supply of workforce housing in West Michigan. In a recent interview with the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Bitely said this obstacle will only continue […]

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John Bitely addresses affordable housing as guest speaker in Grand Rapids Business Journal panel discussion

Sable Homes President John Bitely was invited to participate in the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Breakfast Series panel discussion about affordable housing at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Wednesday, April 13. He was joined by Vera Beech, executive director of Community Rebuilders; Ryan VerWys, CEO ICCF Community Homes; and Ryan Kilpatrick, executive director of Housing Next, […]

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John Bitely examines the struggles and successes of working in rural communities to construct high-density housing

In the Greenville Daily News’ fourth segment of its Focus on Housing series, published April 11, Sable Homes President John Bitely details the affordable housing issues facing rural West Michigan communities. Speaking at the United Way Community Leadership Conference on March 18 at Belding High School, Bitely shared his thoughts on the issue he said […]

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John Bitely featured guest speaker at United Way Community Leadership Conference on Affordable Housing

As guest speaker at the United Way Community Leadership Conference on Friday, March 18, Sable Homes President John Bitely addressed the need for affordable housing in West Michigan. “Many of us have forgotten what 2006 was like,” said Bitely as reported by the Greenville Daily News. “Greenville, Eureka Township, instantly, overnight, that housing market was […]

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Karin Kay talks River Hills pilot program in Newaygo in Grand Rapids Chamber’s Back to Business podcast

Sable Homes Sales Manager Karin Kay recently sat down with the Grand Rapids Chamber’s Back to Business podcast host Connor Smithee, and Josh Lunger, senior director of government affairs, to discuss the need for more affordable housing in West Michigan. “At Sable Homes, we pride ourselves on being able to provide workforce housing or that […]

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Sable Homes, state and local entities officially welcome pilot program home development in Newaygo

Sable Homes, in cooperation with Fishbeck, the City of Newaygo, Newaygo County, and the Michigan Land Bank Authority, kicked off phase two of the River Hills neighborhood in Newaygo this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The celebration marked the official welcoming of a pilot program designed to increase Michigan’s housing stock and help alleviate […]

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John Bitely tells Fox 17 how Sable Homes and Newaygo officials teamed up to help housing shortage

To help West Michigan’s housing shortage, John Bitely, president of Sable Homes, told Fox 17 his team and Newaygo officials found a compromise that is adding housing in the city – one that Bitely hopes other communities will learn from. In 2017, Sable Homes took over River Hills Estates in Newaygo, which had sat unfinished […]

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