LINC UP was incorporated on June 13, 2000 as Lighthouse Communities Inc. after a community-based collaborative planning process that included local community development corporations, neighborhood associations, builders, foundations, representatives from the City of Grand Rapids' community development office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and, most importantly, residents of core city neighborhoods.
LINC UP engages in effective community revitalization through partnerships and collaborations with numerous community-based organizations and other neighborhood stakeholders.
LINC UP is founded on the premise of linking community organization efforts with real estate development. We use both cutting edge community development techniques and the latest tools for real estate development in helping neighbors, business owners, and community stakeholders realize their visions for the community.
To date, LINC UP has grown from an affordable housing organization renovating 12 rental units in 2002 to a community revitalization agency with annual investments and expenses of over $10 million, collaboration and partnerships with over a dozen community groups, financial institutions and government agencies. LINC UP has helped invest over $42 million in our communities in several housing and commercial projects. LINC UP serves a specific targeted area in the southeast side of Grand Rapids known as Southtown with a population of close to 20,000 people.