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 292 rental units in 25 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

Jude Walton

HR/Admin Director

Wendy Carty-Saxon

Director of Real Estate Development

Marcia Luke-van Dijk

Director of Communications and Fund Development

Molly Smith

Director of Services

Masa Nohara

Director of Finance

Tara Tarbox

Director of Property Management

Lauren Velez

Director of Services

Board of Trustees

Not pictured: Jim Grosh, Linh Song, Jeremy Lapedis

Gary Bruder


Allan Newman

Vice President

Linda Rexer


Jim Grosh


Alex Thomas

Kelly Moore

Margaret Wong

Linh Song

Jeremy Lapedis

Barbara Kessler

Veronique Liem

Andre' Watson

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 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 and latest 990 form .


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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