LENAWEE EMERGENCY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING CORP

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: PO Box 692 307 E. Church Street Adrian MI 49221 USA

Mission: We believe that all people have the right to safe, affordable housing and that resources should be available so that those most in need can achieve an enhanced quality of life through access to decent housing. Our mission is to advance housing stability and affordable opportunities for low-income people, especially those in crisis or at risk.
Programs: LEAHC partners with individuals, families, landlords, churches and other social service agencies in proactive measures to prevent    homelessness from occurring and to aid those who are faced with homelessness. LEAHC may assist with first month’s rent, rent arrears and mortgage foreclosure. An in-depth assessment is made regarding a client’s financial and housing situation. We provide       case management, client outreach, landlord mediation, budgeting and referrals. The goal of this program is to prevent or reduce the amount of time a household is homeless. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member of LEAHC for over 10 years. I left the boar
when we were out of town for a year, but have started a second term. Along the way I have served as president and currently am vice president. I have watched LEAHC grow from a new group providing emergency housing, two year temporary housing and help with specific housing and food needs while struggling to find the necessary financial support to an organization which is now receiving United Way funding for specific projects, has at least 3 major fund raising events during the year, and is on much sounder financial footing.
LEAHC has also changed and expanded housing help over the years.
It has a great staff who all pitch in and are willing to change assignments as needed. LEAHC is now a leader in cooperative housing ventures in Lenawee County, working well with other non profit organizations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching this organization help the homeless in this community and as our community has experienced over 15%unemployment watched the agency find ways to helop more people with limited resources by networking with churches and other groups in an effort to find help for as many people as possible wtihin LEAHC guidelines.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wave a magic wand and have unlimited funds to help all who need help. Since that isn't possible, I would look at what we have, what is needed, and working with the board and LEAHC staff add or drop programs to best fullfill our mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great organization that helps families with housing that is transitional or in a crisis and can connect with other organizations throughout the community to bring resources to those in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a Board Member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enlarge the size of the office building.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This agency is well known in our small community. We serve and help many people who are in a housing crisis. We have a very extensive social service network of professionals and landlords that step up to make sure all of our residents are safe and warm during these cold Michigan months. Just recently, a seventy one year old gentleman came off of a bus from Georgia, where he was living with his daughter. He had health problems and just wanted to come home to Michigan. It was blizzard-like weather when he arrived to our agency with only his two large duffel bags. Right away, we all pitched in to connect him to resources for shelter as well as supplied him with food , blankets, transportation tickets, and phone services from LEAHC. He is now permanently housed at a senior apartment complex which took case management and coordination.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The data gathered on the surveys from clients is a clear indication that the population served was able to get beyond their immediate crisis and remain housed. This county has many foreclosures every month, and when I can help people remain in their home where they have lived and raised their family, this is what makes it all worth while.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Close the political "fluffy" programs that do not really help financially, but rather are lengthly, monthly telephone conversations inquiring about clients health, housing, jobs, family, etc. I know human confirmation is a wonderful thing, but without that financial piece it seems that outreach is a waste of time and case management.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Administrative Asst. & Client Intake Coordinator at LEAHC. I have been humbled by my experience working here and seeing the need of so many people, from so many walks of life. LEAHC provides an opportunity for these people to stay in their current housing or to relocate for something more affordable. We also provide emergency shelter and tranistional housing for the homeless and the low income families in our community. We have a wonderful, dedicated staff that moves daily towards ending homelessness and improving housing for those in crisis.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing families overcome their crisis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase awareness, funding and staff to better serve the needs in our community.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am an outreach case manager at LEAHC, so I personally work with clients. LEAHC is always working to increase funding and services to clients. All case workers really care about the clients that they serve and we do our best to keep up with opportunties and resources for our clients. I work at LEAHC because I believe what I do really makes a difference in the lives of the people I have an opportunity to serve and work with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with homeless persons/families and assisting them in finding housing and becoming stable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We are constantly changing and improving. If we had more funding, we could have more employees and serve more clients.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a board member of LEAHC for 3 years now and have enjoyed getting to know the organization and the community. LEAHC is an organization that is enriching lives by supplying those who are in need with housing and programs that will maintain their success in the future. I have been the Co-Chair for fundraising in the past and now i am working in other areas on the board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's been a joy and a humbling experience all at the same time that is an inspiration to me at the tenacity and determination that is prevalent in the organization and its community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want to try and help more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

LEAHC is an organization working hard to end homelessness in Lenawee. Besides offering shelter and affordable housing opportunities, LEAHC also assists with rent or mortgage payments. LEAHC is unique in services it provides and collaborates with many to reduce duplication.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by witnessing people obtain housing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add employees so that more people could be helped.

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