University Congregational Housing Association



University Congregational Housing Association 2014 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, and Gail Winberg.

UCHA also funded efforts to address homelessness at Church of Mary Magdalene and Mary’s Place. UCHA staffed the Sand Point Housing Resource Room and supplied baskets with household essentials for new residents. Since paying the loans for the McGrath House in 2013 members have been exploring what they might do for a new project, and this year, after exploring different possibilities, they decided on a client group housing needs for that group.

A presentation was made to Church Council in February for UCHA to receive permission of Church Council to act as a catalyst and intermediary in exploring the possibility of developing Lot A or Lot C to build affordable housing. Council appeared interested in considering this, but the matter was postponed indefinitely while the church conducts a facilities use review.

Members then met for a retreat in July to discuss individual plans for participation and to make plans for a new project. Members reviewed and discussed different possible client groups (those with mental illness, veterans, youth, families, and transgendered women) which we could serve by providing housing. Members then voted to provide housing for those with mental illness. In the following months representatives from three agencies that provide services for this client group met with members and discussed the housing needs of their clients and how UCHA could work with them. UCHA members then voted to partner with Transitional Resources, an agency providing a full range of services in West Seattle. UCHA will locate and purchase a property to provide housing and Transitional Resources will provide other services.

In April UCHA had its 9th annual fundraiser dinner; Jerry Large was the speaker. In November Evelyn Crichton hosted the annual Harvest Tea. Funds donated at these events by our generous supporters will be used to fund the purchase of housing for our new project.

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 2014 officers were: Carol Christoferson, President; John Davis, Vice President; Sue Hall, Secretary, Marcia McCracken (January-June) and Gwen Sweeny (July-December) Treasurer. UCHA members in 2013 included: Sue Hall, Susan Heck, Mary Elizabeth Maltman, Kate Nelson, Leslie Noson, Claudia Patton, Gwen Sweeney, Martha Tucker, Wayne Wilson, and Gail Winberg. Emeritus member: Jim McGrath. Carol Christoferson was representative to Love and Justice.