The mission of the Religious Action for Affordable Housing (RAAH) is to work for the substantial increase of low-cost, affordable housing for rent and for purchase in Washtenaw County, particularly in areas of greatest need.
RAAH will carry out its mission through collaboration with religious congregations, working in cooperation with existing nonprofit housing organizations and other appropriate entities, seeking the widest possible participation.
The RAAH Board of Directors recently completed our 2018-2020 Capital Campaign. With the generosity of the local religious community we raised $75,000 to support projects managed by local agencies to aid individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
First Steps Back
Those who've been homeless face a thicket of difficulties trying to gather the resources needed to rent a place. Two local projects will be giving those folks some options:
The House More Serve More Program managed by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) provides “catalyst” assistance for men and women exiting the Delonis Center shelter. READ MORE.
The Wellness Housing program managed by Unified Health HIV and Beyond (UHHB) provides housing for persons in Washtenaw County living with HIV. UHHB is the only service agency in the county administering READ MORE.
People subsisting on 30% of our area's area median income struggle to keep their homes, often trying to overcome the factors that made them homeless previously. Community Action Network (CAN) operates children’s and family programs in Ann Arbor public housing communities. RAAH funds will support their Housing Stabilization program, READ MORE.
DID YOU KNOW...
That RAAH is entirely run by volunteers, so 100 percent of the money raised for our capital campaigns goes toward our projects!
Monthly Meeting - You're Invited!
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.
LOCATION: Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC
2145 Independence Blvd., Ann Arbor, 48104.
We welcome participation of new congregations. Contact us by email:
Cap. Campaign contd.
Avalon Housing's Family Support Teams. provide housing-based case management and a comprehensive array of individual and community based supports to formerly homeless families.
Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA) will oversee a Community Risk Mitigation Fund. Local agencies trying to help people off the streets and into safe rental dwellings often find private landlords reluctant to take on tenants with a history of homelessness. WHA and local affordable housing advocates recognized the need to provide those landlords READ MORE.
Planning? Who can plan?
Although it is time to begin a new Capital Campaign, the RAAH Board of Directors realized the community would need new resources soon for families and individuals facing the COVID19 crisis. While there is a temporary moratorium on evictions, we know our most vulnerable neighbors will struggle to recover from the economic consequences of the virus. RAAH has created a special Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Donations will be directed to local partner agencies, with whom we have long-standing relationships. The RAAH funds will supplement the partners' services to low income families, the elderly, the disabled and shelter programs. See the DONATE page or go to the RAAH Facebook page to contribute.