University Congregational Housing Association

 


 

University Congregational Housing Association 2015 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 four 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.

In October 2015, UCHA was excited to buy its fourth property, the Westwood House, in West Seattle. This was a four bedroom house, but in preparing the house for occupancy UCHA was able to divide a family room to create a fifth bedroom. The five residents will be formerly homeless adults living with mental illness. Mental health services will be provided to them by Transitional Resources, a highly respected agency providing a full range of services.

Additionally, 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, staffed the Sand Point Housing Resource Room, and supplied baskets with household essentials for new residents.

In March UCHA had its 10th annual fundraiser dinner; Darcell Slovek-Walker from Transitional Resources was the speaker and she brought a client who also spoke. In November Evelyn Crichton hosted the annual Harvest Tea. Funds donated at these events by our generous supporters were used to initiate the purchase of the Westwood House

UCHA meets the second Monday of each month in the church lounge and we would like to boost our membership and would love 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 2015 officers were: Carol Christoferson, President; Wayne Wilson, Vice President; Sue Hall, Secretary, Marcia McCracken (January-June) and Gwen Sweeny (July-December) Treasurer. UCHA members in 2015 included:   John Davis, Sue Hall, Susan Heck, Mary Elizabeth Maltman, Marcia McCracken, 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.

UCHA also chose a new logo this year:  

 

UCHA logo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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