A community designed mosaic at the Carrot Way Community Center
Avalon Housing first opened its doors in 1992 with the purchase of one house on West William Street. Avalon was able to help six people struggling with homelessness in Washtenaw County start a new life with housing they could afford and with the support they would need to maintain it. Carole McCabe, our current executive director was part of a small group of people working at the emergency shelter who had a vision for Avalon.
"We watched people get into an apartment, then end up back at the shelter again. We knew that ending homelessness would require a more creative approach and a more long-term solution. Avalon Housing grew out of this experience, and into what is now more widely known as Permanent Supportive Housing."
Permanent. Affordable. Supportive.
Avalon tenants have leases and they pay rent. They are not in a residential program it's their home. The rents are structured to be affordable to households with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income (PDF), and the financing ensures that rents will remain permanently affordable. We also agree never to sell our properties. Support services are provided by social workers at community centers on-site, and always focus first on preventing evictions. This helps our tenants succeed and become part of a safe and healthy community.
260 Apartment Homes. 20 Locations.
Avalon is home to more than 400 people living in 260 apartments scattered throughout Ann Arbor, ranging from a duplex to a 48 unit apartment community. Our 20 houses and apartment buildings are integrated into neighborhoods throughout the city and incorporate beautiful flower and vegetables gardens into the landscape. We strive to be the best looking house on the block!
Avalon Tenants, Paul and Howard
- We believe that the most effective solution to ending homelessness is supportive housing.
- We believe that safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right.
- We believe that building community is essential to helping people achieve self-sufficiency.
Because... It's the right thing to do
We envision an end to homelessness for our county. We envision a community that chooses to come together and support the most vulnerable among us.
For more information you can read the Blueprint to End Homelessness for Washtenaw County.