• Background



Fairview History

1817   Monroe County is formed

1832   A 100 acre farm is purchased from Jesse Murrell for a "poor farm"

1837   Michigan became the 26th State in the Union

1855   County Farm has grown to 350 acres including the burial hill or "potters field" in front of the community college 

1876   Battle of the Little Bighorn

1878   Present building constructed through a public referendum at a cost of $10,000 

1879   Building finished, farm included prize beef, dairy, swine and crops, Michigan Agricultural College provides breeding stock.

1880   Present Courthouse built

1912   Electricity installed at Fairview for $1,770

1930s Up to 135 people sheltered at a time during the Depression

1979   Monroe County commits to major renovation and professional management made feasible by a $500,000 HUD grant secured by the Monroe County Planning Department. 

1980   Social Services Board hires Joe Grifka as Superintendent

1985   The Monroe County Network on Homelessness is formed

1993   Commissioners retain consultants to assess the need for Fairview and renew commitment, based on findings and community response

1993   Friends of Fairview is created to meet the residents' social needs

2007   The Network on Homelessness conducts point-in-time studies and service gap analysis in order to capture HUD and MSHDA Grants. Studies document the deep need for services to Fairview clients, called by HUD the "Chronic Homeless"