We believe that housing is a basic human right.

At Avalon, we help our community’s most vulnerable citizens find housing without preconditions. Then we provide them essential supports to help them stay in their homes. Permanently affordable housing. A community to belong to. Individual services grounded in compassion, dignity and a radical acceptance of all. With these supports, we can end homelessness in Washtenaw County.

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Jane Barney

Avalon is mourning the loss of Jane Barney, who died at the age of 104 on July 7.  Jane was one of Avalon’s founding board members and a tireless advocate for affordable housing, racial equity, and a better quality of life for vulnerable people.

“Jane was an advocate by nature. She was polite and genteel and discreet and lovely, but very committed,” said Carole McCabe, former executive director of Avalon, who worked with Jane for several years on housing solutions for the homeless in Ann Arbor.

Read the full Ann Arbor News story about Jane here.

Donations can be made to Avalon in honor of Jane:


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July 16th, 2018

Remembering Jane Barney

Jane Barney was the founding Board President of Avalon Housing in 1992.  She was 78 then, and had already led an inspirational life filled with love for family and years of activism for social and economic justice and civil rights.  It was my incredible good fortune to learn…

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By: Avalon Housing

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