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THE MISSION OF EAH HOUSING is to create community by developing, managing and promoting quality affordable housing.
EAH CORE VALUES
OUR PEOPLE We search for employees who value EAH's goals and purposes. These employees are our most valuable resource. EAH is known and respected for our highly competent staff. We know that our ability to provide quality affordable housing depends on the contribution of each and every staff member.
OUR INTEGRITY Ethical conduct is central to EAH and everything for which EAH stands. Our reputation is built on trust and integrity. It is a valued tradition, which passes from one generation of employees to the next. EAH employees are expected to be open and honest so that they earn the trust and loyalty of others. We seek partners, consultants and contractors whom we know we can trust and who likewise value openness and honesty. EAH is a trusted organization. In a highly regulated industry, we are the company that government officials, investors, and lenders can point to as an example of integrity, thoroughness and quality. Cities know they can count on us to do an outstanding job.
OUR TEAMWORK Teamwork is critical to meet the challenges we face. We share a common vision, working together to reach the best possible solutions. We show respect and concern for each other, and encourage an atmosphere of friendly openness and mutual support. Each of our properties is a testament to the dedication, creativity and talents of our whole team.
OUR QUALITY EAH's developments are built to last. We build the highest possible quality housing within the means available. We develop housing as carefully as if we were going to live in it. We choose architectural designs that enhance neighborhoods, and enable our residents to live without stigma or identity related to their income. We develop and manage each property to ensure its financial integrity for permanent affordability. We manage and maintain our properties to a standard that will always be a source of pride to the residents, the neighborhood and ourselves. We screen carefully to find residents who will respect their housing and respect their neighbors. We treat residents with respect and dignity.
OUR COMMITMENT EAH is not just another company - we are a public benefit corporation which serves a critical need in today's society. Our founding purpose was to build affordable housing as a means to create social justice. With this goal comes commitment to social responsibility to EAH employees, our residents and our communities.
EAH Housing since 1968 in creating community by Developing, Managing, and Promoting Quality Affordable Housing.EAH History
"We have inherited a large house, a great world in which we have to live together, black and white, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu- a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Established in 1968, EAH Housing was founded to address the needs of low-income families and elders living in Marin County, California. Originally named the Ecumenical Association for Housing, EAH was organized from grass-roots efforts in response to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Kerner Report, commissioned by the federal government in the wake of riots triggered by the King assassination, underscored the fact that violence and poverty arose from the lack of jobs, education and housing.
Meanwhile in Northern California, a group of concerned citizens came together with the intention to bring about social change through the creation of housing opportunities that would be available to people regardless of income or ethnic background. Representatives of many religious as well as civic organizations played key roles in founding EAH Housing. Several founding organizations helped to create housing by donating land for affordable developments. Others welcomed low-income people to the community by working to bring affordable housing into their own neighborhoods.
Martin Mackey, EAH Housing's founder, noted in a Pacific Sun interview: "When it came time for us to organize EAH, the groundwork for social action had already been done."
EAH Housing has a tremendous record of success. Starting from humble origins as a community-based, nonprofit organization with donations of $200 from 16 members, and an office consisting of two capable volunteer staff, EAH has grown to a staff of over 375 people, managing over 75 properties, with a budget of over $60 million. In 2008, EAH will celebrate 40 years of dedication to social justice by creating affordable housing on behalf of local seniors, working families and the many people that comprise the unique fabric of our community today.
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