Our 2016-2017 Capital Campaign began in November of 2015 and ran through December 2017. Thanks to our generous donor/partners we reached our goal of raising $75,000.
SOS Community Services New Eviction Prevention Program
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. This new program will 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.
Michigan Ability Partners (MAP)
MAP is 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. RAAH has designated $30,000 from the capital campaign to go to MAP.
Housing Bureau for Seniors (HBS)
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. RAAH has directed $5,000 toward this project, part of the revolving Washtenaw County Loan Fund.