Avalon Housing’s 2016 Annual Report

Thanks to our supporters and partners, Avalon moved over 100 people into supportive housing in 2016, while continuing to build our housing stock.  We were also able to launch new programs that have provided our residents with much-needed healthcare and opportunities to build community. Read our 2016 annual…

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Zingerman’s 35th Anniversary Street Fair

Our friends at Zingerman’s are having a party, and you’re invited! This Saturday, August 12, Zingerman’s is celebrating over three decades of great food and community with an epic gathering of artisan food makers. This unprecedented collection of some of the world’s most famous food producers will descend…

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Celebrating Five Years of Supportive Housing Interventions

This year marked the fifth and final year of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) funding for Avalon’s Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) initiative. We celebrated our accomplishments by convening in DC this month, joined by our healthcare partners from the University of Michigan Health System and St. Joseph Mercy…

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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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