University Congregational Housing Association



University Congregational Housing Association 2012 Annual Report

UCHA has been an active affiliate of University Congregational United Church of Christ since 1983. UCHA is a 501c3 non-profit formed as a mission outreach for UCUCC. UCHA’s purpose is to provide and assist others in providing housing for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and families.

In June Paul Wiesner led UCHA members in an outstanding retreat. Paul did a survey and interviewed each member in preparation for the retreat, which helped us consider organizational matters, our focus for the future, and other issues.

Following the retreat, the members created committees to address these issues: communication, member recruitment, and business practices. Since then, UCHA sent out its first newsletter and had a forum for potential new members, both of which were very successful. The business practices group identified several areas we need to consider further.

UCHA decided to support the interfaith Habitat for Humanity build, and Marcia McCracken held a forum and led coordination of participation by UCHA and UCUCC members.

The McGrath House, a home for youth purchased by UCHA in July 2011, became fully occupied in 2012, providing a home for five youth. We are partnering with the YMCA, which provides case management services. Through the year we had several fundraising efforts to pay for the house, and these were very successful thanks to the support of so many people. In early January 2013, we learned we were receiving a grant that paid off the final $30,000 owed on the house.

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 and the Habitat for Humanity Build. We coordinated lunches at Mary’s Place on five Saturdays, and staffed the Sand Point Housing Resource Room as well as supplied baskets with household essentials for new residents.

UCHA 2012 officers were: Jan von Lehe, President; John Davis, Vice President; Carol Christoferson, Secretary; Marcia McCracken, Treasurer. UCHA members in 2012 included: Kathy Elias, Mary Grafious, Sue Hall, Susan Heck, Mary Elizabeth Maltman, Leslie Noson, Claudia Patton, Martha Tucker, Gail Winberg. Emeritus members: Jim McGrath. Jan von Lehe has served as our representative to the Love and Justice Ministry.