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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New Parkridge: Interview with Avalon’s TaLasha Moore

Parkridge Homes, Ypsilanti’s first public housing project, was built in 1943 to house African Americans who worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant.  Parkridge was designed by Hilyard Robinson, a prominent African American architect-engineer, who was involved in public housing projects throughout the country.  In 2018, the New…

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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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