Avalon Housing, Ann Arbor
Similar to NSO in Detroit, Avalon housing works to provide supportive housing to people facing homelessness in Washtenaw County. However, Avalon is innovative in that properties are managed by case workers who have the clinical training to support the ecosystem of needs that service consumers may face. I will always be inspired by executive director, Carole McCabe, since we both share a love for Nicaragua and community organizing.
In my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, I worked to translate the Avalon Housing website into Spanish to bridge the access issue that language creates. My previous work in homeless recovery services in Detroit gave me insight and understanding to how services are provided, the system level barriers that people face, and to decipher between empowering and oppressive language we may use as outsiders.
Homelessness in Ann Arbor