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Housing nonprofits receive leg up during holiday season


The Avenues for Hope housing challenge raised a record amount for participating nonprofits on the front lines of fighting homelessness. The 20-day campaign, which ran from Dec. 12 through Dec. 31, raised $875,493 for 51 nonprofits. This year’s total surpassed 2017’s total by more than a $150,000.

This year, there were more than 2,600 donors from 46 states making nearly 4,400 donations. The campaign, organized by the Home Partnership Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association, received international support with a donation from Italy. Nonprofits grew their donations thanks to nearly $280,000 in grant prizes and matching funds from 40 sponsors.

“We would like to thank all of our generous donors and sponsors for their help in making this year’s Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge a great success,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “The donations to this homeless prevention effort supports the programs and services offered to more than 4,000 Idahoans affected by homelessness. The generosity of all the donors and sponsors truly makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”

Since its inception in 2011, Avenues for Hope has raised more than $3 million for nearly 70 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.

Providing a helping hand to Idaho’s homeless

North Idaho nonprofits Family Promise of the Palouse ($86,763) and Sojourners’ Alliance ($74,160) were the top two fundraisers. LEAP Charities ($63,950), CATCH ($54,587) and Corpus Christi House ($53,550) in Southwest Idaho rounded out the top five.

“This campaign allows us to raise funds for over half of our annual budget,” said Katti Carlson, executive director of Family Promise of the Palouse. “The funds raised during this campaign support our primary operations.”

Family Promise of the Palouse works to provide immediate shelter to homeless families in the Moscow, Idaho area. The nonprofits also provides support services to those living on the street to help them achieve lasting independence.

“We assist on average 12 families annually to find long term permanent housing with an 80% success rate. Family Promise of the Palouse is grateful to the Home Partnership Foundation and all donors to the Avenues for House Housing Challenge and to Idaho Housing and Finance Association for keeping the campaign up and running,” said Carlson.

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.

Any nonprofits, businesses, or individuals interested in participating in next year’s campaign should contact The Home Partnership Foundation Director of Development Deanna Ward at deannaw@ihfa.org.

Below is a list showing how much each participating nonprofits was able to raise throughout the campaign:

North Idaho

City Number of Donors

Total Funds Raised

Bonner Community Housing Agency Sandpoint 10 $7,950,000
Bonner County Homeless Task Force Sandpoint 107 $47,387,000
Boundary County School District Bonners Ferry 4 $150.00
Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley Lewiston 17 $11,950
Family Promise of North Idaho Coeur d’Alene 188 $26,827.85
Family Promise of the Palouse Moscow 591 $86,763.38
Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho Hayden 16 $4,725.00
Moscow Affordable Housing Trust Moscow 31 $5,330.00
Safe Passage Coeur d’Alene 11 $760.00
Sojourner’s Alliance Moscow 171 $74,160.00
St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho Coeur d’Alene 8 $2,550.00
Union Gospel Mission Coeur d’Alene 60 $13,520.80
Southeast City Number of Donors Total Funds Raised
Aid for Friends Pocatello 74 $13,311.00
American Falls School District 381 American Falls 8 $350.00
Bingham Crisis Center Blackfoot 2 $100.00
CLUB, Inc Idaho Falls 40 $3,938.00
Community Resource Center of Teton Valley Driggs 55 $34,220.00
Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho Pocatello 53 $5,170.00
Gateway Habitat for Humanity Pocatello Pocatello 54 $5,500.00
Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley Twin Falls 66 $9,550.00
Idaho Falls Rescue Mission Idaho Falls 66 $11,109.50
Minidoka School District Rupert 49 $4,120.00
NeighborWorks Pocatello Pocatello 382 $29,525.00
South Central Community Action Partnership Twin Falls 10 $450.00
Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Pocatello 6 $5,250.00
The Mahoney House Salmon 27 $3,225.00
Twin Falls Optimist Youth House Twin Falls 56 $22,500.00
Voices Against Violence Twin Falls 9 $7,585.00
Southwest City Number of Donors Total Funds Raised
Advocates Against Family Violence Caldwell 15 $4,420.00
Astegos.org Boise 165 $41,377.00
Boise Public Schools Foundation Boise 52 $8,380.00
Boise Rescue Mission Boise 9 $970.00
CATCH Boise 250 $54,587.58
Corpus Christi House Boise 404 $53,550.00
First Story Boise 26 $6,600.00
Good Samaritan Home Boise 140 $25,345.00
Home Partnership Foundation Boise 52 $4,730.00
Hope House, Inc Marsing 7 $6,300.00
Idaho Youth Ranch Boise 15 $3,030.00
International Rescue Committee in Boise Boise 31 $7,215.00
LEAP Charities Boise 129 $63,949.99
Nampa School District McKinney Vento Program Nampa 3 $300.00
NeighborWorks Boise Boise 29 $8,740.00
NWRECC Stepping Stones Boise 158 $7,211.00
Shepherd’s Home McCall 23 $11,950.00
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, SW Idaho Council Boise 310 $37,395.00
The Community Builder Nampa 19 $17,030.00
The House Next Door Nampa 178 $28,075.00
The Jesse Tree of Idaho Boise 49 $29,840.00
Trinity New Hope Nampa 120 $11,900
Women’s and Children’s Alliance Boise 27 $4,620

Avenues for Hope Sponsors

PLATINUM:  Idaho Housing and Finance Association ­ Wells Fargo

GOLD:  Academy Mortgage ­ KeyBank ­ Mountain West Bank ­ Stifel  ­ The Hawkins Family Foundation

SILVER:  Barclays ­ Blue Cross of Idaho ­ Boise Housing Corporation ­ First Interstate Bank ­ Idaho Power ­ Magellan Health ­ New Beginnings Housing ­ Northwest Integrity Housing ­ Skinner Fawcett LLP ­ Thomas Development ­ Wright Brothers

BRONZE:  Alliance Title & Escrow ­ Bank of Commerce ­ Bank of Idaho ­ Citizens Community Bank ­ Eide Bailly LLP ­ Essent ­ Evergreen Home Loans ­ Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation ­ Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines ­ George K. Baum & Company ­ Guild Mortgage Company ­ Icon Credit Union ­ Idaho Independent Bank ­ Idaho Mortgage Lenders Association ­ Landmark Promotions ­ P1FCU ­ Pacific Companies ­  Teton Valley Real Estate  ­  Teton Valley Realty Management ­ TitleOne Corp. ­ Valbridge Property Advisors ­ Westcor Land Title Insurance Company