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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Avalon and Packard Health Celebrate Health Clinic Opening

Called Packard Health at Miller Manor, the new clinic, located at 727 Miller Road, will enable Packard Health staff to provide comprehensive, integrated care to supportive housing residents who live at Miller Manor and elsewhere in the community. Since October 2016, Packard Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center,…

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Getting Involved with Avalon Housing

People, especially student groups and companies, often ask me ‘”how can we volunteer for Avalon Housing?” This is a great time of year to think about getting involved, and there is no shortage of ways to do so. Before you consider volunteering, it’s important to begin by learning…

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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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