BOISE, Idaho – December 08, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Idaho Housing and Finance Association, through its Home Partnership Foundation, is launching the fifth annual Avenues For Hope Housing Challenge running December 10 through 31, 2015. The campaign will help 34 nonprofits across the state of Idaho raise funds to help the homeless and those in need of housing assistance.
With over $650,000 raised since its inception in 2011, Avenues for Hope helps nonprofits provide housing and supportive services to the chronically and temporarily homeless, including domestic violence victims, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, and low income Idaho residents.
Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing, says that gifts made to the Avenues for Hope campaign are critical in helping housing nonprofits in Idaho meet the most urgent needs of the homeless in their communities.
“The wonderful thing about Avenues for Hope is that even though it’s a statewide campaign, it’s driven at the local level by each participating nonprofit,” he says. “The goal of the campaign is to empower these nonprofits to build deeper connections with local businesses and individuals who have an interest in helping those in need.”
Contributions made at www.avenuesforhope.org between December 10th and the 31st can be designated by donors to the organizations of their choice, or given to the Enhance the Match Fund through the Home Partnership Foundation, which helps provide matching funds to stretch donor dollars further. Idaho Housing and the other businesses sponsoring the campaign are also contributing up to $200,000 this year in matching funds, and challenge grant prizes.
In the five years since its inception, Avenues for Hope has steadily increased involvement from the community, raising over $650,000 in that time. In 2014, a total of $273,398 was disbursed to 29 organizations from 1,206 donors and corporate sponsors.
This year, Idaho Housing and the nonprofits participating in the campaign are aiming for even broader community involvement.
“Idahoans take care of their own,” Hunter says. “With the homeless more at-risk in this cold weather, we are confident Idahoans will rise up to the challenge to ensure these nonprofits can continue helping the people in their communities who need it most.”
Avenues For Hope is sponsored by Idaho Housing and Finance Association in conjunction with Academy Mortgage Corp., Bank of Commerce, Bank of Idaho, Bank of the Cascades, Barclays, Citizens Community Bank, Evergreen Home Loans, First Mortgage Company, Guild Mortgage Company, Idaho Independent Bank, KeyBank, Mountain West Bank and Wells Fargo.
Nonprofit organizations participating in Avenues for Hope
North Idaho: Affordable Housing Foundation Inc., Bonner County Homeless Task Force, 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, Neighborhood Housing Services Inc., The Jesse Tree of Idaho, The Salvation Army, Women’s & Children’s Alliance.
Donations will be accepted Dec. 10-31, 2015: http://www.avenuesforhope.org
The Home Partnership Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association 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 charities in Idaho since its inception.
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.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomePartnershipFoundation
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/avenuesforhope
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.
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