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Avalon’s Supported Employment Program

Avalon began our Supported Employment program on February 1, 2017.  Although Avalon has a long-standing commitment to hiring our tenants when we can, SAMHSA grant funding has enabled us to formally create a program that helps our population achieve greater self-determination and lasting stability.  SAMHSA, or the Substance…

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Volunteering with Edible Avalon

It’s almost summer, and that means planting days at Edible Avalon, Avalon Housing’s community-building garden program. I got involved with Avalon at a time in my life when I felt out-of-place. I was working for a custom home builder in Ann Arbor, and I couldn’t escape the nagging…

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Reflections on Avalon’s Teen Group

Avalon’s Teen Group is designed to be a safe space for all Avalon youth residents ages 12-17. We meet weekly at our Pauline Community Center for an hour or more on Thursday evenings. A typical day at Teen Group consists of snacks, group discussion, music, art projects, workshops, cooking lessons, video games, trips to Washtenaw Dairy for ice cream and occasionally, movie nights or field trips.

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Why I’m Participating in the Big House 5K: Linda Rama

The Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors presented by Toyota on Sunday, April 9, will benefit six local, non-profit organizations selected based on the support they provide to our Washtenaw County community. Avalon is one of those beneficiaries, and Linda Rama is running on our behalf. Here’s…

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Housing is Healthcare: Collaborating with Packard Health

One of our mantras at Avalon Housing is “housing is healthcare.” We believe that having a residence is an important foundational step for addressing one’s health. Many of the tenants we serve have lacked access to this fundamental right. One cannot get bedrest without a bed! Assessing and…

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The Case for Investing in Affordable Housing: Danielle’s story

Congratulations to Danielle Toth, Peer Support Specialist at Avalon Housing! The story of Danielle’s journey from homelessness towards a new home with her daughters is featured in the CHCDF’s 2017 report, A Place to Call Home: The Case for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing. The CHCDF, or…

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Homelessness in the UK and the US: Translantic Practice Exchange Reunites

Last month the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) invited alumni from the Transatlantic Practice Exchange to gather and learn from one another as part of the NAEH Ending Youth and Family Homelessness conference. The Transatlantic Practice Exchange, offered by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Homeless…

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Homelessness in Schools and Society: U of M and Avalon

What do academic success and homelessness have in common? How can Supportive Housing services and educators help increase the academic success of children who have experienced homelessness? Avalon Housing’s Family and Youth Services’ Youth Programming staff and University of Michigan School of Education professors Simona Goldin and Debi…

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Reflections on ubuntu at Avalon

Stop by Avalon Property Management some time and you’re likely to hear a funny word come up in conversation: ubuntu. Ubuntu is something we talk a lot about at our meetings; we even had t-shirts made with an ubuntu slogan on them (“I am because We are!”). Ubuntu…

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Big House 5K Run – Join Avalon!

Avalon is thrilled to be a race beneficiary of the 2017 Big House 5K Run! This year’s run, sponsored by Toyota, will be held on Sunday, April 9. The race starts at 8:30 am at Schembechler Hall and ends at the University of Michigan’s Big House stadium. In…

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