Members gather monthly to learn the latest affordable housing news, to plan
outreach to area congregations, discuss fundraising, and plan presentations to
groups on housing issues.
Join us on the 2nd Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC
2145 Independence Blvd., Ann Arbor, 48104.
We welcome participation of new congregations.
Please call (734) 332-9023 for more information.
Our New Capital Campaign began in November of 2015 and
will run for two years. We have a goal of raising $75,000
for the following projects:
Being evicted is traumatic enough, but for families in subsidized housing it can lead to longer term homelessness, because, once evicted, they lose eligibility for “Section 8” financial assistance, even if the cause of eviction is as simple as an unpaid utility bill. SOS Community Services initiated the New Eviction Prevention Program to assist local tenants at risk of eviction. SOS workers, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, will help with such things as filling out paperwork, accessing utility resources, and helping to negotiate with landlords and officials so that these tenants can remain in their residences. They anticipate serving 100 families over the next two years. RAAH intends to provide $40,000 for the program.
$30,000 from the Capital Campaign is designated for Michigan Ability Partners (MAP). an organization with a history of helping struggling veterans. MAP’s new program will provide services to homeless veterans and their families who do not qualify for conventional veterans benefits. They will offer extended case management such as employment services, help finding permanent housing and assistance in accessing benefit programs. Material help, such as furniture and household supplies, may be part of the aid as well. MAP expects to provide 28 families with case management and up to 50 families or individuals with client care items over the next two and 1/2 years.
$5,000 has been directed to Housing Bureau for Seniors (HBS) for their revolving Washtenaw County Loan Fund. HBS provides loans to senior citizens who have become delinquent on property taxes and risk losing their home to tax foreclosure. These clients also have access to other HBS programs such as financial counseling, roommate matching and help in dealing with utility companies. HBS also helps clients develop a sustainability plan to ensure they remain stably housed.