$46,853 Donated to Prevent Homelessness Across Idaho

BOISE, ID – January 4, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The Home Partnership Foundation announces the 22 Idaho nonprofit recipients of its challenge and leadership grants from the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge, an online campaign, which ran Nov. 14 through Dec. 31.

The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge raised $46,853 –including donations and challenge grants– to help prevent homelessness in the state. The challenge also encouraged community members’ contributions to support shelters and safe housing for Idaho’s homeless and most disadvantaged.

Over 390 people contributed to the campaign resulting in $19,853 donated by individuals to the nonprofits of their choice, which qualified the nonprofits for a total of $27,000 in challenge grants that were awarded to help prevent and end homelessness in Idaho.

Out of the 32 nonprofits participating in the statewide campaign, 16 were awarded challenge grants from the Foundation for having the largest number of donations equaling $25 or more by Dec. 31. In addition, two leadership grants from the KeyBank Foundation were awarded to the organizations who received the largest number of donations equaling $100 or more.

“We are excited about this first campaign –The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge— that relied upon internet and social media strategies to raise donations for homeless assistance across the state,” said Gerald Hunter, Idaho Housing and Finance Association president and executive director, and Home Partnership Foundation president. “Because of the economic downturn, the number of people on the brink of homelessness continues to increase. The Foundation, along with the hard work of nonprofits who provide critical services to the homeless, appreciate the broad community support this campaign received. This funding will help enhance resources for nonprofits that typically rely on limited funds during a time of growing needs.”

– REGION 1 –
In the Coeur d’Alene area, Family Promise of North Idaho received a combined $1,300 in donations and challenge grants. ‘

– REGION 2 –
Two Moscow nonprofits were among the challenge grant recipients. Sojourners’ Alliance and Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse received a combined $4,183 in donations and challenge grants, including a $2,000 second place challenge grant awarded to Sojourners’ Alliance by the Foundation.

– REGION 3 –
Seven Region 3 nonprofits were among the challenge grant recipients. Advocates against Family Violence- Hope’s Door, CATCH Inc., Corpus Christi House-STEP UP Education Center, Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services, OATHS, SHIP, and The Jesse Tree of Idaho received a combined $27,860 in donations and challenge grants, including the $5,000 first place challenge grant awarded to CATCH by the Foundation.

– REGION 4 –
Mini-Cassia Shelter in Rupert received a combined $750 in donations and challenge grants.

– REGION 5 –
Two nonprofits in Region 5 were among the challenge grant recipients. Aid for Friends and Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho received a combined $5,050 in donations and challenge grants, including a $2,000 second place challenge grant awarded to Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho.

– REGION 6 –
Three nonprofits in Region 6 were among the challenge grant recipients. CLUB Inc., Family Care Center-Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. and Lemhi County Crisis Intervention-The Mahoney House received a combined $7,100 in donations and challenge grants, including a $2,000 second place challenge grant awarded to CLUB Inc.

The Idaho nonprofits receiving challenge and leadership grants from the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge include:

First Place – $5,000
CATCH Inc, Boise.

Second Place – $2,000 each
CLUB Inc., Idaho Falls.
Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho, Pocatello.
Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services Inc., Boise.
Sojourners’ Alliance, Moscow.
The Jesse Tree of Idaho, Boise.

Third Place – $500 each
Advocates Against Family Violence Inc.-Hope’s Door, Caldwell.
Aid for friends Inc., Pocatello.
Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Moscow.
Corpus Christi House-STEP UP Education Center, Boise.
Family Care Center Inc.-Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, Idaho Falls
Family Promise of North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene.
Lemhi County Crisis Intervention-The Mahoney House, Salmon.
Mini-Cassia Shelter, Rupert.
Organization Assisting the Homeless Student-OATHS, Boise.
SHIP-Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships, Second Chance Building Materials Center, Boise.

KeyBank Foundation Leadership Grants- $1,000 each
CATCH Inc, Boise.
Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services Inc., Boise.

Early Bird – $1,000 each
Advocates Against Family Violence – Hope’s Door, Caldwell.
CATCH Inc., Boise.
CLUB Inc., Idaho Falls.
Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho, Pocatello.
The Jesse Tree of Idaho, Boise.

The Foundation, which was created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association in 2005 to help people build a strong foundation for their lives through stable, safe and affordable housing, coordinated the fundraising efforts at www.avenuesforhope.org. Donations are still being accepted, but will no longer qualify the participating nonprofits for additional challenge grants.

To learn more about the Home Partnership Foundation, visit www.homepartnershipfoundation.org.

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The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge campaign is presented by the Home Partnership Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to encourage direct community investments that will support shelters and safe housing for Idaho’s homeless and most disadvantaged. The mission of the Foundation is to help people build a strong foundation for their lives through safe, stable and affordable housing.


The Home Partnership Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible consistent with IRC Section 170, tax-exempt number 75-3162969. All online contributions will receive an email gift receipt and credit card transaction confirmation.

Contact:

Maria Ortega mariao (at) ihfa (dot) org
IHFA Public & Media Relations Officer
208-331-4858
Deanna Ward deannaw (at) ihfa (dot) org
Home Partnership Foundation Development Director
208-424-7010

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