Building Unity for our Community

The Umoja House

For International Scholars, Refugees, Asylees, and Internally Displaced Peoples

Welcome to Lansing!

Single Bedrooms

Never worry about having to share a room

Easy Access

Reach all major attractions, schools, and hospitals by bike or bus

Utilities Included

Only pay a flat rate for your stay and not worry about anything else


Facilitated intercultural events each month

Creating a home just for you!

Charla M. Burnett and Andrew Dembowski, along with so many friends and family, have worked to create a place that’s welcoming and safe for people fleeing violence and prosecution whether abroad or in the United States. You can stay at the Umoja House for 1 day or 12 months, we can help you prepare for the next chapter of your story! 

How does the Umoja House differ from other housing?

Choose a room that works for you!

Wyclef Jean Room

Named after the Haitian-American refugee best known as member of the Fugees

Laleh Pourkarim Room

Named after the Swedish-Iranian singer that fled persecution in Iran in 1982

Ilhan Omar Room

Named after the Somali-American who fled the Somali civil war there and was elected to the U.S. House of Representative in 2018.

Albert Einstein Room

Named after the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany

Happy Guests, Happy Community

"The Umoja House is a special place to stay. I felt welcomed and encouraged to reach my goals!"
Bahati Kanyamanza
"Charla knows what type of support is needed while going to school in the US for the first time."
Carlos Velasquez

Featured and loved

Ensuring that Lansing remains multi-cultural

If you need help paying for a room, let's know and we can try and help you!