University Congregational Housing Association



University Congregational Housing Association 2013 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.

UCHA owns and manages three 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 McGrath House, a home for five youth who have aged out of foster care or are otherwise homeless and who receive case management services from the YMCA. The Lin House, a three bedroom home owned by the church is managed by UCHA for persons living with mental health issues, in partnership with Community Psychiatric Clinic. The UCHA Properties Committee includes Claudia Patton, Susan Heck, John Davis, Gail Winberg, and Wayne Wilson.

In January UCHA donated $1,000 to the Hurricane Sandy relief. In November $1,000 was donated to the relief efforts following the typhoon damage in the Philippines.

UCHA also funded efforts to address homelessness at Church of Mary Magdalene and Mary’s Place, and we coordinated lunches at Mary’s Place for several Saturdays. UCHA staffed the Sand Point Housing Resource Room and supplied baskets with household essentials for new residents.

UCHA helped fund the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build and led several church members in participation in the work parties.

Since the McGrath House was paid off in January 2013, UCHA has been considering possible new projects. We have met with church staff, a member of Compass Housing, and a realtor to learn about several new possibilities. We have considered partnering with others, purchasing a medium size apartment building, purchasing a single residence, the possibility of apodments, and several other options. We have also approached Church Council to ask them to consider the use of parking lot A or parking lot C for housing.

UCHA meets the second Monday of each month in the church lounge and will be happy to have new members join us in our mission to help provide housing for others. Please contact Carol Christoferson or other officers or members with any questions.

UCHA 2013 officers were: Carol Christoferson, President; John Davis, Vice President; Sue Hall, Secretary; Marcia McCracken, Treasurer. UCHA members in 2013 included: Kathy Elias, Mary Grafious, Sue Hall, Susan Heck, Mary Elizabeth Maltman, Leslie Noson, Claudia Patton, Arlene Strong, Gwen Sweeney, Martha Tucker, Wayne Wilson, and Gail Winberg. Emeritus members: Jim McGrath. Jan von Lehe served as our representative to the Love and Justice Ministry during 2013.