Our mission is to build healthy, safe and inclusive supportive housing communities
as a long-term solution to homelessness.

Avalon Housing is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit services provider, real estate developer and property manager. We own and manage 288 rental units in over 20 properties in Washtenaw County.  We provide support services to our tenants and to individuals and families living in public housing and in units owned by private landlords.  In total we serve more than 750 people, including 200 children.


The people we serve are individuals, families with children, youth and seniors – all of whom have experienced homelessness and face the challenge of a mental or physical disability. In addition to affordable housing, Avalon residents need support services to move beyond homelessness for good.

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Our Team

Avalon Senior Leadership Staff

Aubrey Patiño

Executive Director

Larry Catrinar

Associate Director, Finance and Housing Development

Jude Walton

HR/Admin Director

Wendy Carty-Saxon

Real Estate Development Director

Marcia Luke-van Dijk

Communications/Development Director

Molly Smith

Services Director

James Scarletta

Director, Legal and Compliance

Masa Nohara

Finance Controller

Tara Tarbox

Property Management Director

Lauren Velez

Associate Services Director

Jason Potter

Asset Management Director

Board of Trustees

Barbara Kessler


Allan Newman

Vice President

Veronique Liem

Vice President

Gary Bruder


Jim Grosh


Russell Monahan

Margaret Wong

Olga Tervo

Jeremy Lapedis

Alex Thomas

Cynthia Dowdell

Linda Rexer

Our Partners

Avalon collaborates with a diverse group of federal, state and local funders and operational partners who work together to serve those most in need in Washtenaw County.

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As a non-profit housing developer, property manager and service provider, Avalon’s projects and services are funded with a complex mix of federal, state and local funds, in addition to grants and private donations.   To view Avalon’s financial information, you can download our latest annual report and view our GuideStar profile .


Avalon Housing was founded in 1992, as a spin off from the City of Ann Arbor’s emergency shelter. Community advocates seized an opportunity to provide long-term, affordable housing for the City’s homeless citizens.

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