$33,000 awarded to 8 nonprofits serving Idaho homeless during Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge
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$33,000 awarded to 8 nonprofits serving Idaho homeless during Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge

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34 nonprofits still vying for share of up to $200,000 in grants with additional support from community

BOISE, Idaho – December 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Idaho Housing and Finance Association through its Home Partnership Foundation announced the first $33,000 of Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge’s matching grants going to eight out of the 34 nonprofits serving Idaho’s homeless and those in need of housing assistance across the state. Six of these received one-time $5,000 matching grants, leaving 28 nonprofits still eligible if they receive a donation of $5,000 or more.

 

 

Six nonprofits also shared a $3,000 award for being the first to receive 20 donations as part of their own fundraising efforts. Other prizes will be distributed throughout the campaign, according to the rules of the Housing Challenge.

 

 

Up to $200,000 in grant prizes and matching funds is provided by Idaho Housing and 14 other sponsors of the online fundraiser. This money is in addition to donations received from the community during Avenues for Hope, which runs through December 31 atwww.avenuesforhope.org.

 

 

“Every participating nonprofit has a chance to win a $5,000 matching grant,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing. “That means 28 nonprofits are still in the running to receive this grant on top of the donations they receive from the community.”

 

 

Individuals can donate to the participating nonprofit of their choice, with the funds going to help the Idaho homeless and those in need of housing assistance in their local community. Real time donation totals can be seen online at www.avenuesforhope.org/#leaderboard until the campaign ends at midnight on December 31.

 

 

Matching grants of $5,000 have been awarded so far to six nonprofits: Bonner County Homeless Task Force in Sandpoint; Corpus Christi House, Inc. in Boise; Family Promise of North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene; NeighborWorks Pocatello in Pocatello; Idaho Falls Rescue Mission in Idaho Falls; and Sojourners’ Alliance in Moscow.

 

 

Additional awards of $500 each were given to the first six nonprofits to receive 20 donations: CATCH, Inc. (Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless) in Boise, Corpus Christi House, Inc. in Boise; Family Promise of North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene; NeighborWorks Pocatello in Pocatello; The Jesse Tree of Idaho in Boise; and Sojourner’s Alliance in Moscow.

 

 

“We’ve been impressed with the efforts of the nonprofits so far in getting the word out about the important work they do in their communities,” said Hunter. “With 14 days left in the campaign, it’s critical for Idahoans to step up and help these organizations out, especially this time of year.”

 

 

The nonprofits help people like Benson Howard, a homeless person currently living in a Boise shelter. “The first thing I do is wake up in the morning, get breakfast, and try to find somewhere to get out of the cold,” he said.

 

 

According to Idaho Housing, the 34 nonprofits participating in Avenues for Hope provide more than just shelter. “These organizations are helping the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless receive important services and life skills they need to get back on their feet, such as education and job search assistance,” Hunter said.

 

 

Idaho Housing is encouraging the public to donate $25 or more at www.avenuesforhope.org. Every donation is critical to help combat homelessness and ensure essential housing resources are available to those in need across the state. The Avenues for Hope campaign will end December 31st at midnight, and final results, including donations and grant awards, will be announced on Monday, January 4th.

Donation link: http://www.avenuesforhope.org

 

Video: https://youtu.be/dcJV5amI1js

Hashtag: #IdahoHomeless

About Avenues for Hope

The 2015 Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge is helping over 34 nonprofits across the state. The campaign has seen a 42% percent increase in community involvement, with 630 donations received to date. A total of $105,879 has been raised so far in donations and grants for participating nonprofits.

Now in its fifth year, the annual fundraiser has raised over $650,000 since its inception in 2011. With continued support from the community, Home Partnership Foundation believes that Avenues for Hope could raise another $325,000 during this year’s campaign.

Both the chronic homeless and temporarily homeless are helped by Avenues for Hope, including domestic violence victims, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, and low income Idaho residents.

Avenues for Hope is presented by Home Partnership Foundation and sponsored by Idaho Housing and Finance Association in conjunction with Academy Mortgage Corp., Bank of the Cascades, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Idaho, Barclays Capital, Citizens Community Bank, Evergreen Home Loans, Fairway Independent Mortgage, First Mortgage Company, Guild Mortgage Company, Idaho Independent Bank, KeyBank Foundation, Mountain West Bank, Prospect Mortgage and Wells Fargo.

About Home Partnership Foundation

The Home Partnership Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association 10 years ago to help people build a strong foundation for their lives through stable, safe, and affordable housing. HPF is the organizer of the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge, which has raised over $650,000 for housing nonprofits in Idaho since its inception in 2011.

The mission of HPF is to strengthen communities across Idaho by encouraging tax-deductible charitable gifts to support shelters and shelter services for the homeless and disadvantaged, help avoid eviction actions to stabilize households and prevent homelessness, encourage asset-building and education to achieve economic independence, build equity-sharing funds to make workforce housing attainable, and facilitate tax-advantaged land donations for affordable housing purposes.

Website: www.homepartnershipfoundation.org

On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HomePartnershipFoundation

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/avenuesforhope

Download logos: https://avenuesforhope.org/#npo-resources

About Idaho Housing and Finance Association

Idaho Housing and Finance Association is a financial services and housing business organization. IHFA’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen Idaho communities by expanding housing opportunities, building self-sufficiency, and fostering economic development.

Website: www.idahohousing.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idahohousing

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/idahohousing

 

Participating nonprofits City Region Served
Enhance the Match Fund Boise Statewide
Home Partnership Foundation Boise Statewide
Bonner County Homeless Task Force Sandpoint 1
Family Promise of North Idaho Coeur d’Alene 1
St Vincent de Paul North Idaho Coeur d’Alene 1
Affordable Housing Foundation Inc. Grangeville 2
Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley Lewiston 2
Family Promise of the Palouse Moscow 2
Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity Clarkston 2
Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, Inc Moscow 2
Sojourners’ Alliance Moscow 2
Advocates Against Family Violence Caldwell 3
Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Nampa 3
CATCH, Inc. (Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless) Boise 3
Corpus Christi House, Inc Boise 3
Good Samaritan Home Boise 3
Hope House, Inc. Marsing 3
Idaho Youth Ranch, Inc. Boise 3
Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services Boise 3
International Rescue Committee Boise 3
NeighborWorks Boise Boise 3
The Jesse Tree of Idaho Boise 3
The Salvation Army Nampa 3
Women’s & Children’s Alliance Boise 3
Blaine County Housing Authority Hailey 4
South Central Community Action Partnership Twin Falls 4
Aid For Friends, Inc. Pocatello 5
Bannock Youth Foundation Pocatello 5
Bingham Crisis Center for Women, Inc. Blackfoot 5
Family Services Alliance Pocatello 5
NeighborWorks Pocatello Pocatello 5
Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Pocatello 5
CLUB, Inc. Idaho Falls 6
Idaho Falls Rescue Mission Idaho Falls 6
Lemhi County Crisis Intervention/The Mahoney House Salmon 6

Kevin Harper kevinh (at) ihfa (dot) org
Media Relations Officer
208-331-4838

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