Washtenaw County 2018 Young Citizen of the Year Finalists

According to mlive, this is the 20th year Washtenaw County has celebrated a Young Citizen of the Year. The Ann Arbor News started the initiative in 1998 to recognize high school students who give back to the community in myriad ways, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation…

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#Winning2018 : Avalon’s Youth Empowerment Summit

Avalon Housing’s first Youth Empowerment Summit was a hit! It was much more than a day of fun and laughter. It was an event where youth shared space, while absorbing nutrients for their growth and development.   Youth from five of Avalon’s properties gathered for a full day of…

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Avalon at the Building Michigan Communities Conference

At this year’s Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing, Aubrey Patiño, Executive Director of Avalon, conducted a Harm Reduction session with Amanda Carlisle of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, TaLasha Moore of Avalon Housing, Lemont Gore of Unified HIV Health and Beyond and Lindsey Bishop Gilmore of CSH. Also…

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Michigan Homelessness Advocacy Day

Avalon staff and residents joined their peers at this all-day event hosted by the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness at Lansing Community College.   Avalon residents Linda, Sharon and Julia shared their stories with Michigan legislators, including State Representative Yousef Rabhi.  On behalf of the over 66,000 Michigan citizens who are…

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The Aspen, Ubuntu and Avalon

The recent Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care training provided to Avalon staff by ThinkT3 and the Center for Social Innovation was very valuable for many reasons. One of the common themes that came from the training was the value and significance of community, and its inextricable link to individual…

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WHA Advocacy Workshop

Homeless and housing service providers as well as community members and some past City Council members were on hand at this workshop, designed to address skill-building and opportunities for advocacy.  Speakers included Amanda Carlisle of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA), who provided background on local homelessness and affordable…

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Radical frailty: reflections on belonging

Part of Avalon’s mission is to provide care and support to people for as long as they need our help, sometimes until the very end of their lives.  During this past year, Avalon experienced an unprecedented number of deaths among our residents.  These losses have hit us hard….

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Last year’s impact and what’s ahead

Happy New Year! It would be an understatement to say that 2017 was an exciting year for Avalon. While we celebrated our 25th anniversary, our founding director, Carole McCabe, transitioned on to new adventures as I stepped up to this new adventure. We completed a strategic planning process…

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Avalon, CSH and NYU present FUSE Key Evaluation Findings

On February 16, Avalon, CSH and NYU co-presented the key findings of our five-year FUSE program at St. Joseph Mercy’s Education Center. CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing) has been leading a five-year national demonstration to create and evaluate supportive housing as a solution to addressing the needs of…

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Avalon’s Rapid ReHousing Program

Since the spring of 2015, Avalon Housing has been administering the Washtenaw County Rapid ReHousing for Individuals (RRH) program.   The people who are eligible for this program are experiencing literal homelessness, which means that they’re residing in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation, or they…

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