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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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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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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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 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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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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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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