WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to help low-income residents stay in their homes and strengthen their communities, through representation, support, and ownership.
United Community Housing Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing housing assistance to Detroit’s low-income residents. Since 1973, we have worked to keep people in their homes and secure affordable housing for those in need.
We believe that having a place to live is a basic human right, and are passionate about preserving this right in our communities. Our services are provided to income-eligible families and individuals free of charge.
UCHC’s vision and mission reflect our fundamental belief that housing is a human right and that, with respect to housing, low-income Detroiters deserve fairness, justice, and inclusivity.
Our strength comes from our diversity, and we celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each resident unique, including race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities.
UCHC is committed to aligning our culture and business practices to be a beacon of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all people.
Ted has been the Executive Director of UCHC since 1986, with the exception of two years with the Detroit Housing Commission. Previously, he worked as an attorney for the Legal Aid and Defender Landlord-Tenant Clinic from 1984 to 1985. Ted is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a graduate of Cass Tech High School and Wayne State University undergraduate and law school. He majored in History and has been a licensed attorney since 1983.
Muriel ‘Bev’ Ealy
Bev has been employed with UCHC since 1981. She was originally hired as an Administrative Assistant and for two years served as Interim Director, after which she was elevated to the position of Deputy Director. Prior to her employment with UCHC, she was the Administrative Assistant at Michigan Legal Services for 10 years. Bev attended Alabama A&M College (now University) in Huntsville, Alabama, majoring in Business Administration.
Director of Operations
A graduate of Wayne State University with a bachelor's in Social Work, Jolayne Thompson has been UCHC's Chief Operating Officer since October 2021. Prior to that, she was our Finance Director (2013-2021) and a contractor assisting UCHC with grants management and oversight of our annual audit. Previously, Jolayne worked as Director of Administration & Finance for Shamrock Broadcasting radio properties in Detroit. She is Vice President and co-founder of The FACES Foundation.
Director of Tenant Organizing, Housing Placement, and Relocation
Claudia has been with UCHC for 12 years and worn many hats. She was originally employed as a housing placement counselor and assisted in the early days of UCHC's tax-foreclosure program, overseeing the direction and hiring staff for the 2009 Housing Preservation and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) programs and the ESG program. Claudia currently oversees Tenant Organizing, Housing Placement, and Relocation, which includes supervising a 4-year AmeriCorps VISTA tenant-organizing program.
Claudia was also one of the founders of the Senior Housing Preservation-Detroit (SHP-D) and is currently chair of that coalition. She has co-authored several papers on senior displacement and co-authored a chapter on "Forensic Social Work," published by Fordham University. In December 2018, Claudia received the "Best of the Health Net Award" from Authority Health in recognition of her extraordinary commitment and service to community health care. Claudia has a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art.
Director, Repair Services
Tim has been the Director of Repair Services at UCHC since 2018 and previously worked in the property preservation industry. He has over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial construction and was the owner and operator of multiple construction companies. He has also worked as real-estate agent and was a licensed builder. Tim is a graduate of Jefferson High School and a U.S. Army Veteran.
Director, Legal Support Services
Eleanor is the Director of the Legal Support Services department at UCHC. She has experience working at various non-profits in Metro Detroit, Philadelphia, and Ireland. Specifically in housing-related work, she has done street outreach to house people experiencing homeless, been a housing counselor after people were housed, and done tax foreclosure counseling. Eleanor was also the Deputy Finance Director and Operations Director for Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s re-election campaign before coming to UCHC. She got her B.A. at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, and her Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Trinity College Dublin while living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a 5th generation Detroiter, Eleanor is passionate about seeing the city thrive, while centering inclusivity and equity in Detroit’s future growth. Outside of work, Eleanor is Chair of the Detroit Gaelic League Cultural Consortium and is Corresponding Secretary for the Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus of the MDP.
Director, Homeownership Services
Kim has been the Director of Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention & Land Contract Support at UCHC since 2008 and also oversees title research and real-estate transactions for UCHC. She is HUD-certified in both Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Coaching, and is a licensed Associate Broker in real estate. Kim previously worked as a communications specialist for the Detroit City Council President, the ACLU of Michigan, the Neighborhood Information Exchange, and the Metropolitan Center for High Technology. Kim is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a master's degreen in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Director, Legal Services
Charlene is UCHC's Director of Legal Services and also supervises the Housing Clinic that UCHC and Michigan Legal Services operate at 36th District Court. Prior to joining UCHC in 2008, she also worked in private practice and legal services. Charlene was co-counsel for women prisoners in two large class-action lawsuits; one in federal court and one in the Michigan Court of Claims. She also handled divorce, employment discrimination, unemployment cases, and other civil matters. Additionally, she is a facilitative mediator with both family law and general civil mediation credentials.
Charlene is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the ADR Section of the state bar. She is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She is also a board member of the Justice Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party and active in the 14th District of the MDP. Charlene has Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College at MichigN State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit.
Director, Data Analytics
Aj oversees the accuracy and wholeness of program and client data that UCHC collects, and her team is responsible for using this data to properly monitor client status and program outcomes. Her favorite aspect of this position is the opportunity to use the large amount of information UCHC has access to to attempt to answer pressing questions within the field of housing injustice. Aj has previously spent time in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as a Fellow at a Community Land Trust, while earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Antioch College. Aj is a fan of trying new foods and taking walks and advocating for public transit any opportunity she gets.
Director of Homeowner Programs
A graduate of Central Michigan University, Zina has more than 25 years of housing experience as a real-estate agent, housing inspector, and mortgage broker. Zina joined UCHC in 2021 and works on land contract mortgages, home repair, and tax foreclosure prevention. Zina is dedicated to helping others, and she and her family have always been active in fighting for the rights of others.
Kathleen is a graduate of Aquinas College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with two bachelor’s degrees: one in Accounting and the other in Business Management. She has dedicated her 36-year career to serving the Detroit not-for-profit community. Prior to joining UCHC, Kathleen was the CFO of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (2022) and Director of Finance for Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit (2002-2007). She also worked as the Comptroller for Cornerstone Education Group (2019-2021) and was the Senior Director of Business Affairs for the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University (2007-2019).
Chairman Robert Shimkoski Jr.
Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
Beverly Lemlé, Treasurer
Old St. Mary's Catholic Church
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Karamoko Group, PLC
Jefferson East Inc.
Vice Chair Cassandra Walker
Westside Mothers Welfare Rights Organization
Latanya Harris, Secretary
Soluciones Onda Latina
MUST Construction Careers
We have been privileged to receive a number of grants and donations from corporations and partners. If you are interested in supporting us or receiving additional information about how you can help, please contact us.
We want to recognize and thank our existing partners, who are instrumental in helping us achieve our mission.