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Old 07-01-2019, 03:43 PM
 
Location: MI
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What areas in or near Grand Rapids would you recommend for a Hispanic professional couple and their elementary-school-age child?

This family will be immigrating to the US in a couple of weeks for the husband's work, and I'll be helping them get settled. He'll be working in the Wyoming/Bryron Center area. The family would like to live within about 30 minutes of his work. Having a good school for their child is a priority, and she'll need a school with an ESL program. They'll be able to afford a nice apartment up to about $1200 a month, maybe a little more.

The husband speaks good English, but the wife doesn't yet. Living in an area where there are other Hispanic families would probably make the adjustment easier.

Someone suggested Holland to them. It has 4 schools with ESL programs, but those schools aren't rated very high. I'm not sure if ratings matter a lot, though. If the teachers are dedicated and the students have the desire and the home support to succeed, that's what matters the most.

Areas closer to Grand Rapids cost more, and a couple of areas I looked at didn't have any 2-BR apartments available under $1300. So, I'm not looking for the most expensive areas, but I welcome suggestions of nice areas that would be suitable for this family.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:44 PM
 
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What areas in or near Grand Rapids would you recommend for a Hispanic professional couple and their elementary-school-age child?

This family will be immigrating to the US in a couple of weeks for the husband's work, and I'll be helping them get settled. He'll be working in the Wyoming/Bryron Center area. The family would like to live within about 30 minutes of his work. Having a good school for their child is a priority, and she'll need a school with an ESL program. They'll be able to afford a nice apartment up to about $1200 a month, maybe a little more.

The husband speaks good English, but the wife doesn't yet. Living in an area where there are other Hispanic families would probably make the adjustment easier.

Someone suggested Holland to them. It has 4 schools with ESL programs, but those schools aren't rated very high. I'm not sure if ratings matter a lot, though. If the teachers are dedicated and the students have the desire and the home support to succeed, that's what matters the most.

Areas closer to Grand Rapids cost more, and a couple of areas I looked at didn't have any 2-BR apartments available under $1300. So, I'm not looking for the most expensive areas, but I welcome suggestions of nice areas that would be suitable for this family.
There are a decent amount of schools around GR that have ESL programs. For the combination of neighborhood and cost that they are looking for the best match will probably be Godfrey-Lee Schools in Wyoming. Godfrey-Lee is very small/older school district, and is roughly 90% Hispanic. It is a fairly poor district and might not look the best on paper, however they receive a disproportionately high amount of ESL students due to the neighborhood makeup. They have infrastructure in place to accommodate just what you are referring to. My sister used to be one of the teachers who worked with the ESL/acclimation program for students who were brand new to the country/US school systems. My niece is still enrolled at the high school. The neighborhoods that comprise Godfrey Lee are working class and pretty family oriented. Like all neighborhoods they have a small amount of crime, but overall feel safe and normal. The students are largely hard working kids that treat each other pretty good. There are other districts that look better on paper, but will not offer the authentic hispanic neighborhoods, and businesses that make up the bulk of Northern Wyoming, and the Roosevelt Park neighborhood of Grand Rapids.

The city of Wyoming is 20% Hispanic and the area's along Chicago Drive have the highest concentration of Hispanic immigrants possibly in all of Michigan. They should still be able to find a decent 2 bed home in their price range. Would also be much closer to work. Have them focus a search between Burton Ave to the South, Chicago Dr to the North, with Burlingame as their western boundary. Spanish speaking banks, supermarkets, auto repair, and some of the best authentic mexican food found in Michigan in these areas. Probably where his wife will feel most comfortable. The West Michigan Hispanic center is located in Roosevelt Park and may have access to additional resources to help them.

Not sure if this addresses all that you're looking for but I hope it helps
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Old 07-02-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: MI
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Thank you! That's all useful information.

I should add that I don't think this family is looking to live with only other Hispanic people. It will help to not be the only ones and to be near Mexican stores and the West Michigan Hispanic Center. I don't know Grand Rapids well, and 2 concerns are choosing an area (a) where almost everyone is another race and some people don't welcome Hispanics, or (b) that looks OK but locals know that it isn't considered safe.
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Old 07-02-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: MI
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I have another, related question. What is the rental market like? If we found a nice 2-BR apartment with a washer, dryer, dishwasher, and A/C, would the family have time to think about it, or would they need to apply right away? And once they apply, is there likely to be a waiting list?
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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What areas in or near Grand Rapids would you recommend for a Hispanic professional couple and their elementary-school-age child?

This family will be immigrating to the US in a couple of weeks for the husband's work, and I'll be helping them get settled. He'll be working in the Wyoming/Bryron Center area. The family would like to live within about 30 minutes of his work. Having a good school for their child is a priority, and she'll need a school with an ESL program. They'll be able to afford a nice apartment up to about $1200 a month, maybe a little more.

The husband speaks good English, but the wife doesn't yet. Living in an area where there are other Hispanic families would probably make the adjustment easier.

Someone suggested Holland to them. It has 4 schools with ESL programs, but those schools aren't rated very high. I'm not sure if ratings matter a lot, though. If the teachers are dedicated and the students have the desire and the home support to succeed, that's what matters the most.

Areas closer to Grand Rapids cost more, and a couple of areas I looked at didn't have any 2-BR apartments available under $1300. So, I'm not looking for the most expensive areas, but I welcome suggestions of nice areas that would be suitable for this family.
They could live literally anywhere. The $1200/month will be tough though. Kentwood is one of the most diverse suburbs in the Grand Rapids area, and they tout that their senior class last year spoke over 100 languages (?), they may find it to be more to their liking.
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