Housing and Residential Resources

Phone Numbers

Housing Inspection Scheduling (269) 337-8026
Tall Grass/Weed Hotline (269) 337-8847
Junk Auto Hotline (269) 337-8994
Trash/Junk in Yard (269) 337-8221
Zoning (269) 337-8026
Anti-Blight (269) 337-8229
Historic Preservation (269) 337-8804
Silent Observer Silent Observer Online
Pay Parking Ticket Central City Parking
Report Streetlight Problems Consumers Energy Website
Report Graffiti, Potholes, Etc. Website

Low Income Home Repair

Community Homeworks is a Michigan Non Profit Corporation with a focus area of Kalamazoo County. Community Homeworks accomplishes this by equipping low and very low income home owners with skills, resources, and financial assistance to empower them to maintain their property, build equity, and engage with their communities through mentorships and collaborations to build healthy neighborhoods.

Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services exists to close the home-ownership gap in Kalamazoo. KNHS offers education, foreclosure counseling, a lease-purchase program, credit building, and mortgage down-payment assistance to qualifying low income individuals and families.

Lead Based Paint

Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains high levels of lead (called lead based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly, especially to children under 6.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Lead Safe Home Program. Do you live in an old home and have old windows or peeling paint? MDHHS offers lead testing and lead hazard control services to qualifying families through grants. You may qualify for help if:

  • Have a child under 6 or a pregnant female living in the home
  • Are a low-to-moderate income family
  • Live in a home built before 1978
  • Live in the counties of Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lenawee, Macomb, Oakland, Saginaw, or the city of Detroit OR elsewhere if your child has a lead level of 5 or above
  • Own or rent the home

For more information, or to apply, visit their website.

Bulk trash

Bulk trash is collected quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Most of the Vine neighborhood falls under the 3rd Monday on those months, but a small section of Vine is collected on the 1st Tuesday. See the map, here, to be sure which day your bulk trash is collected.

For a list of acceptable and unacceptable items and guidelines, please visit the City’s website.

Recycling

The City offers free, weekly recycling, which is picked up on the same day that your neighborhood receives trash collection. All recyclable items may go into the same bin with papers separated to one side or in a paper bag. Recyclables should be out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day, but no sooner than one day prior to collection. Please remove your recycling bin from the curblawn no later than 11:00 p.m. of the day of your collection.

See the City’s website for a full listing of items that may and may not be recycled.

If you do not have a recycling bin, please call the City of Kalamazoo at 269-337-8215 to arrange for delivery.

Leaf Collection

The City of Kalamazoo provides on-street leaf collection in the fall. Residents need only to rake leaves just off the curb. The City asks residents to avoid placing leaves near mail boxes, utility poles and landscaped areas and to separate leaves from brush (branches or twigs). Anything other than leaves or bags weighing more than 50 lbs. will NOT be taken.

To find collection dates, please visit the City’s website.

Mattress Disposal

The Sleep Help Institute has published a guide for disposing of old mattresses, including tips for donating and recycling. You can read that guide here. 

Historic District

The Vine Neighborhood is one of several historic districts in Kalamazoo. To landlords and home-owners, this means that certain guidelines must be met in maintaining the historical preservation of homes in the neighborhood. Information, guidelines, and applications for renovations and improvements can be found at the City’s website.

Public Safety

Community Police Officers (CPO’s) work with neighborhood directors to stay apprised of problems and priorities of the neighborhoods, so they can be addressed in a timely manner. That’s why maintaining communication about issues in your neighborhood with your VNA executive director is important.

Neighborhood watch happens at the VNA office on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30.

Have an ongoing concern on your block? Hotspots Forms are a way that residents can anonymously report drug incidents, junk auto, loud music, trash, tall grass and other crimes.

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