Avalon, Faith In Action Celebrate Accomplishment Years In The Making

Through a partnership between Avalon Housing, Faith in Action, and the Jackson County Housing Commission, affordable housing in downtown Chelsea is now a reality. “This is really the most significant improvement in the housing stock for poor people that we have accomplished in this area in over a generation and is worthy of great celebration,” said Nancy Paul of Faith in Action.

With an investment of $1.2 million in updates and remodels by a variety of partners, all 17 units of 533 N. Main are occupied with happy residents.

Avalon Housing and Faith In Action celebrated the achievement with an open house on June 14.

Updates include new windows, flooring, appliances, cabinets, and fixtures. Residents of the affordable, supportive apartment building report feeling at home and safe.

Avalon and Faith In Action began discussing the need for affordable housing in Chelsea years ago, Luke-van Dijk, Avalon’s communications and fund development director said. Avalon purchased the building for $700,000 in 2017.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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