34 Idaho nonprofits kick off Avenues for Hope to raise funds for homelessness prevention

BOISE, Idaho – December 11, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Idaho Housing and Finance Association, through its Home Partnership Foundation, launches its signature Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge for Idaho homelessness prevention today to help over 34 nonprofits across the state. Donations to the nonprofits participating in the Avenues for Hope campaign help continue their daily work with the homeless and those in need of housing assistance in Idaho communities.

The annual fundraiser has raised over $650,000 since its inception five years ago. The Home Partnership Foundation believes it is possible, with increased support from the community, that Avenues for Hope could raise at least half that amount during the campaign this year due to the heightened visibility of homelessness in Idaho right now.

“The campaign is critical in addressing the needs of Idaho’s homeless, who are looking for an opportunity to become self-sufficient,” said Gerald M. Hunter, President of Idaho Housing.

Amy Smith, a Boise mom who is homeless with her two-year old daughter and a baby on the way, says she could use a hand up at this time in her life. “If I could make one big change, it would be to get on our feet and try to get some kind of housing,” Smith says.

Avenues for Hope is organized by The Home Partnership Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association, and is designed to rally support for the many nonprofits doing the day-to-day work of serving the homeless.

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.

“This 22-day campaign gives these nonprofits a platform to tell their story to their communities, and it’s not all about money,” Hunter says. “We find that the community gets more involved with the nonprofits because of Avenues for Hope, because they become more aware of the services they are providing in their community.”

Funds raised at www.avenuesforhope.org can be designated to the organization of the donor’s choice. If donors don’t have a preference, they can contribute to the Enhance the Match Fund through the Home Partnership Foundation, which helps provide matching funds to stretch donor dollars further.

The Home Partnership Foundation along with Idaho Housing and 14 other businesses sponsoring the campaign are contributing up to $200,000 this year in matching funds, and challenge grant prizes. More information on matching funds and challenge grant prizes can be found at https://avenuesforhope.org/#prizes.

Idaho Housing is encouraging Idahoans to support the cause and donate $25 or more starting on December 10th 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 will be announced on Monday, January 4th.

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, Mountain West Bank, Prospect Mortgage and Wells Fargo.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 10-31, 2015: http://www.avenuesforhope.org

Campaign Video: https://youtu.be/dcJV5amI1js
Hashtag: #IdahoHomeless

Nonprofit organizations participating in Avenues for Hope

North Idaho: Affordable Housing Foundation Inc., Bonner Homeless Transitions, Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley, Family Promise of North Idaho, Family Promise of the Palouse, Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity, Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, Inc., Sojourners’ Alliance, St Vincent de Paul North Idaho.

Southeast Idaho: Aid For Friends, Inc., Bannock Youth Foundation, Bingham Crisis Center for Women, Inc., Blaine County Housing Authority, CLUB, Inc., Family Services Alliance, Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, Lemhi County Crisis Intervention/The Mahoney House, NeighborWorks Pocatello, South Central Community Action Partnership, Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency.

Southwest Idaho: Advocates Against Family Violence, Canyon County Habitat for Humanity, CATCH, Inc. Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless), Corpus Christi House, Inc., Good Samaritan Home, Home Partnership Foundation, Hope House, Inc., Idaho Youth Ranch, Inc., Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services, International Rescue Committee, NeighborWorks Boise, The Jesse Tree of Idaho, The Salvation Army, Women’s & Children’s Alliance.

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

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

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