Avenues for Hope provides a boost to housing nonprofits in Idaho

The 11th annual Avenues for Hope campaign is kicking off the holiday giving season to help nonprofits provide critical housing and support services to Idahoans in need.

The online fundraising campaign, which runs from December 9th through the 31st, is put together by the Home Partnership Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association. It helps raise critical funding for organizations like Aid For Friends in Pocatello. The nonprofit opened a new, much larger, homeless shelter over the summer, but keeping it stocked with supplies for their guests is a constant effort. Donations will help them fund amenity kits and the services that help their guests get a fresh start.

In Lewiston, LC Valley Youth Resource Center helps care for children, ages 12 to 17. The center opened 15 months ago, providing a safe place for homeless kids to be themselves, get a meal, get some help with their homework or even spend the night. Money raised during the campaign will help the center cover its expenses, which can add up quickly when you’re caring for nearly 30 kids on a given day.

CATCH is trying to make sure families in the Treasure Valley have a safe and stable place to call home. Not only does the organization help find permanent housing for these families, but its case workers continue to assist them until they are able to financially support themselves. CATCH uses money raised to pay the salaries of case workers who assist these families, as well as the expenses that come with providing housing.

“Avenues for Hope is an opportunity for organizations like ours to get our name out there and connect with people that may have never heard our message,” said Stephanie Day, executive director at CATCH. “The campaign really helps build some momentum and desire from the community to provide housing resources to people in need.”

These are just a few of the examples on the impact Avenues for Hope can have across our state. Since its inception in 2011, the campaign has raised nearly $7 million. Our goal for this year is to reach $3 million.

“Access to affordable housing is one of our greatest challenges right now,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance. “Idaho’s network of housing support and shelter organizations struggle to address the needs of many less advantaged citizens all across the state, especially during the winter months. The Avenues for Hope campaign is our opportunity to help those in real need.”

Donors can direct their tax-deductible gifts to one or more nonprofit organizations at

This year, 92 nonprofits from around the state are participating in the campaign. They include:

North Idaho:

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Bonner Community Housing Agency, Bonner County Homeless Task Force, Inc., Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley, Family Promise North Idaho, Family Promise of the Palouse, Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho, Lake Pend Oreille School District, LC Valley Adult Resource Center, L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity, LC Valley Youth Resource Center, Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, Palouse Habitat for Humanity, Safe Passage, Sojourners’ Alliance, St Vincent de Paul North Idaho, The Salvation Army of Lewiston, Union Gospel Mission

Southeast Idaho:

Aid For Friends Inc, Bannock Youth Foundation, Blaine County Housing Foundation, Bridges, Cassia County Joint School District #151, CLUB, Inc., Community Resource Center of Teton Valley, Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho, Gateway Habitat for Humanity Pocatello, Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area, Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley, Hansen School District, Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, Magic Valley Area Humanitarian Center, Mini-Cassia Shelter-Crossroads Harbor, Minikoka School District 331, NeighborWorks Pocatello, Oneida Crisis Center, Promise Ridge, South Central Community Action Partnership, Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency, Inc., The Mahoney House, Twin Falls Optimist Youth House, Twin Falls School District, United Way of South Central Idaho, Voices Against Violence, White Pine Charter School

Southwest Idaho:

Advocates Against Family Violence, Agency for New Americans-a program of Jannus, Inc.,, Boise Public Schools Foundation, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, Cardinal Academy, CATCH, Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Living, Inc., Corpus Christi House, Education Foundation for Joint School District No. 2, Emmett Independent School District #221, Faces of Hope, Family Justice Center Foundation of Idaho, First Story, Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers, Good Samaritan Home, Green Light Outreach, Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Veterans Garden, Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter, Intermountain Fair Housing Council, International Rescue Committee in Boise, JEMfriends, Inc., Jesse Tree, LEAP Housing, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Nampa School District McKinney Vento Program, NeighborWorks Boise, NWRECC Stepping Stones, Ross Pantry-Kuna School District, Shepherd’s Home, St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho, Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships, Terry Reilly Health Services, The Community Builder, The Fuller Center for Housing Building Hope Project, The Home Partnership Foundation, The House Next Door, The Housing Company, The Salvation Army Caldwell, The Salvation Army Nampa, Toby’s Place, Inc., Trinity New Hope, WICAP Community Collaborative, Women’s and Children’s Alliance

The campaign would not be possible without the support of these generous sponsors who provide more than $300,000 in matching gifts and challenge prizes:

Platinum: Idaho Housing and Finance, Micron Foundation, Zions Bank

Gold: Blue Cross of Idaho, KeyBank, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Wells Fargo

Silver: Academy Mortgage, Idaho Central Credit Union, Mountain West Bank, The Pacific Companies, Stifel, Yardi

Bronze: Barclays, Boise Housing Corporation, First Interstate Bank, Hawley Troxell, Idaho Power, Magellan Healthcare, New Beginnings Housing, Saint Alphonsus, Skinner Fawcett LLP, The Housing Company, Thomas Development Company, Washington Trust Bank

Friends: Bank of Commerce, Citizens Community Bank, Eide Bailly, Essent, Evergreen Home Loans, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Horizon Credit Union, Gerald M. Hunter, IMLA, IL Group, Intermountain Gas Company, Landmark Promotions, OSC Insurance Services, P1FCU, Republic Services, TAO Idaho, TitleOne, U.S. Bank, Valbridge Property Advisors, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, Wright Brothers

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