University Congregational Housing Association



University Congregational Housing Association 2011 Annual Report

In 2011 UCHA brought to reality the dream of creating a home for youth to serve young adults who are aging out of foster care or are homeless.  Through the most generous support of our greater community UCHA purchased the McGrath House, named in honor of Charlotte and Jim McGrath, pioneers in UCHA.  The McGrath House, a six bedroom home in north Seattle in July, opened in November to 5 homeless youth and young adults.  UCHA formalized our partnership with the YMCA's Young Adult Services program for on-site support and case management services.

UCHA owns and manages three other affordable housing properties: Sortun Court, a sixteen unit apartment building for families at or below 50% of median income; The Boathouse, a six-unit apartment building affordable for families; and The Lin House, a three bedroom home for persons living with mental health issues in partnership with Community Psychiatric Clinic. UCHA Properties Committee includes Claudia Patton, Susan Heck, John Davis and Gail Winberg.

UCHA also funded efforts to address homelessness at Church of Mary Magdalene and Mary's Place, Home Step and Elizabeth Gregory Home.  We coordinated lunches at Mary's Place five Saturdays and staffed the Sand Point Housing Resource Room as well as supplied move-in kits.

UCHA 2011-12 current officers: Jan von Lehe, President; John Davis, Vice President; Carol Christoferson, Secretary; Marcia McCracken, Treasurer. UCHA members in 2010 included: Duffy Clark, Susan Cook, Kathy Elias, Nathalie Gehrke, Mary Grafious, Sue Hall, Susan Heck, Gretchen Hull, Tom Jacobi, Mary Elizabeth Maltman, Roger Morris Leslie Noson, Mary Paananen, Claudia Patton, Beth Pearson, Martha Tucker, Gail Winberg. Emeritus members: Jim McGrath, Dick Peterson.