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Avenues for Hope provides community safety net for housing nonprofits


The 8th annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge kicked off on Dec. 12. The online fundraiser, organized by Idaho Housing and Finance Association in conjunction with The Home Partnership Foundation, supports 55 participating nonprofits that manage the day-to-day work of serving the more than 7,000 students and 4,000 other Idahoans affected by homelessness.

The online campaign started during the economic downturn when the number of people on the brink of homelessness continued to rise, while those organizations working to help homeless Idahoans saw their programs’ support and funds diminishing.

Since its inception in 2011, Avenues for Hope has raised more than $2 million for nearly 60 nonprofits that aim to provide safe, stable, and affordable housing for Idahoans. The campaign, for many nonprofits, has become their single-largest fundraiser of the year. The 20-day campaign provides an opportunity for these nonprofits to share their story with their community and spread awareness of the types of issues homeless Idahoans face.

“Each December through the Avenues for Hope campaign CATCH spends 30 days inviting a conversation around the meaning of home, reminding each of us that every family and every person deserves a home,” CATCH Executive Director Wyatt Schroeder said. “The campaign is an opportunity to expand our definition of home and challenge the assumptions and stereotypes that too often afflict families experiencing homelessness.”

Avenues for Hope serves the chronic and temporarily homeless, including domestic violence victims, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, seniors, and low-income residents. Any donation to the campaign supports emergency shelters, homelessness prevention services, and affordable housing programs throughout Idaho.

Donors can direct their tax-deductible gifts to one or more of the 55 participating nonprofits. You can also make a general donation to the campaign that will be used to address needs throughout the state. This year, every donation to a nonprofit will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to the first $3,000 raised.

“Through this community effort, we can help our neighbors struggling with homelessness receive the care and support they need,” Idaho Housing and Finance Association President Gerald Hunter said.

Nonprofits can also win monetary bonuses throughout the campaign based on a number of categories, including most donations, random drawings, or  social media efforts. The total prize pool and matching funds donated from 40 sponsors is more than $275,000.

The campaign runs from Dec. 12 through midnight Dec. 31, 2018.

Participating nonprofits:

North

Bonner Community Housing Agency Bonner County Homeless Task Force, Inc. Boundary County School District
Family Promise of LC Valley Inc. Family Promise of North Idaho Family Promise of the Palouse
Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho Hope on the Homefront Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, Inc.
Safe Passage Salmon School District 291 Sojourners’ Alliance
St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho The Guardians Foundation, Inc. Union Gospel Mission

Southeast

Aid For Friends Inc. American Falls School District 381 Bingham Crisis Center
CLUB, Inc. Community Resource Center of Teton Valley Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho
Gateway Habitat for Humanity Pocatello Habitat For Humanity of the Magic Valley Idaho Falls Rescue Mission
Minidoka School District 331 NeighborWorks Pocatello Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency, Inc.
South Central Community Action Partnership The Mahoney House Twin Falls Optimist Youth House
Voices Against Violence

Southwest

Advocates Against Family Violence Astegos, Inc. Boise Public Schools Foundation
Boise Rescue Mission Ministries CATCH Corpus Christi House
First Story Good Samaritan Home Home Partnership Foundation
Hope House, Inc. Idaho Youth Ranch International Rescue Committee in Boise
LEAP Charities Nampa School District McKinney Vento Program NeighborWorks Boise
NWRECC Stepping Stones Shepherd’s Home Society of St. Vincent de Paul, SW Idaho Council, Inc.
The Community Builder The House Next Door The Jesse Tree of Idaho
The Salvation Army Nampa Trinity New Hope Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA)

Avenues for Hope Sponsors

Academy Mortgage Alliance Title & Escrow Corp. Bank of Commerce
Barclays Boise Housing Corporation Citizens Community Bank
Eide Bailly LLP Essent Evergreen Home Loans
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines First Interstate BancSystem Foundation
George K. Baum & Company Guild Mortgage Company Hawkins Family Foundation
Icon Credit Union Idaho Housing and Finance Association Idaho Independent Bank
Idaho Mortgage Lenders Association John Hale Family Trust KeyBank Foundation
Landmark Promotions Magellan Healthcare Mountain West Bank
New Beginnings Housing Northwest Integrity Housing Co. P1FCU
Skinner Fawcett LLP Stifel Teton Valley Realty
Teton Valley Realty Management The Pacific Companies Thomas Development Co.
TitleOne Corp. Valbridge Property Advisors Wells Fargo
Wright Brothers