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Alumni Networking Lunch: Michael Appel, MSW


Come to have a free lunch and learn about macro social work. Michael has  worked in the field of housing and community development for 30 years.  Since 1993, he has worked at Avalon Housing, starting as Housing Development Specialist and later serving as Associate and then Executive Director. Currently he is the Senior Developer at Avalon.  Avalon is an Ann Arbor-based supportive housing provider that currently owns and manages 292 apartments in Washtenaw County with a focus on providing housing for persons experiencing homelessness.  Since 2016, Michael  has also been Senior Project Manager with Develop Detroit, which is a relatively new non-profit, real estate development organization that focuses on providing affordable and mixed-income housing in Detroit's neighborhoods.  He has been involved in these projects from site selection through operations with primary responsibility for securing financing for housing development, as well as ongoing operating grants, support services grants and rental assistance.  Beginning as a tenant organizer and housing advocate in his SSW field placement, Michael also has experience in organizing, advocacy and policy initiatives, as well as organizational development. He has taught Community Practice courses at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, led trainings and provided technical assistance.


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