University Congregational Housing Association



University Congregational Housing Association 2016/17 Annual Report

Out of a desire to be hands for God’s work, our mission is to find creative ways to prevent homelessness and provide housing for people in need.

UCHA has been an active affiliate of University Congregational UCC 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 March 2016, we held our annual fundraising dinner and raised over $40,000, enough with subsequent donations and cash on hand to help pay down the mortgage on the Westwood house by $235,000 leaving a balance of $182,800 at year end. Our lender also recalculated our monthly payment based on the new balance to be significantly lower. In addition, we received a grant from the Lucky Seven Foundation of $5,000 and the Harvest Home Tea in November brought us over $9,560. The total income from donations and the grant was $183,880.

Housing Portfolio
In addition to our first four properties - Sortun Court, Lin House, Boathouse, and McGrath House, we opened the Westwood house to its first three residents in the spring of 2016 in partnership with Transitional Resources. The house required a fair amount of repair and upgrading prior to occupancy and finally, a major sewer repair project. Our contractor / partner George Tracy and his crew were instrumental in getting the house ready. The home has functioned well and the first residents have been for the most part, happy living there.

We should mention that four of the properties are managed by volunteer members of UCHA. The Lin House is managed by Claudia Patton in partnership with Community Psychiatric Services. The Boathouse Apartment building is managed by Joe Belcher. Joe succeeded Susan Heck when she and her family relocated to Germany in June. Susan was a great asset to our organization. John Davis is property manager for the McGrath House (YMCA is partner) and Carol Christoferson for the new Westwood House (Transitional Resources is partner). The fifth, Sortun Court is professionally managed as required by our state and local lenders.

New Member Recruitment
The Board and members of UCHA have placed priority and focus on the recruitment of new members to the organization. In June, members participated in a facilitated retreat to create an action plan to this end. We are seeking interested individuals to participate in the leadership and management activities of the association.

Officers and Directors
2016 Officers were: John Davis, President; Wayne Wilson, Vice President; Sue Hall, Secretary; Gwen Sweeny, Treasurer. In addition to the officers, the Board of Directors included Carol Christoferson, Marcia McCracken, Claudia Patton, Martha Tucker, and Gail Winberg.

In December, we were saddened by the passing of emeritus member, Jim McGrath. Jim was at the heart of the founding of UCHA in 1983 and a long time member with his wife Charlotte. Jim was a source of energy and leadership for UCHA and compassion for the homeless. He will be missed by all.