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Idaho housing nonprofits awarded $380,000 for Covid-19 response


Thousands of Idahoans will continue to have access to safe and stable housing thanks to the Home Partnership Foundation and its corporate partners.

The Wells Fargo Foundation, Micron and Idaho Housing and Finance Association each donated $100,000 to the foundation’s COVID-19 Housing Rapid Response Fund, which supports Idaho nonprofits that provide essential housing services. The initial round of grants was made to 23 nonprofits that have experienced reduced resources and increased community need during the pandemic. The  $380,000 in grant funds will be used to help provide emergency rental payments, pay for temporary housing and support shelter services.

“Community partnerships like this are essential, especially in a time of crisis. We are grateful for the generous support of Micron and Wells Fargo. Without them, critical resources for people experiencing homelessness and those who are at-risk would not be available,” said Gerald Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance Association and the Home Partnership Foundation.

Grant applications to the foundation’s COVID-19 Housing Rapid Response Fund are still being accepted. Funds will be distributed through an online grant process as they become available. Donations to the fund can be made at idahohousing.com/foundation or through Idaho Gives. Idahoans who need housing help should reach out to nonprofit providers in their region.

Grant recipients

Eastern Idaho: Aid For Friends, Inc., Pocatello; CLUB, Inc., Idaho Falls; Crossroads Harbor Shelter, Rupert; Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, Idaho Falls; Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency, Pocatello.

Southern Idaho: ARCH Community Housing Trust, Ketchum; Astegos, Inc., Boise; Boise Public Schools Education Foundation, Boise; CATCH, Boise; Faces of Hope Foundation, Boise; Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter, Boise; Jesse Tree, Boise; Mercy Housing Northwest, Eagle; Society of St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho, Boise; South Central Community Action Partnership, Twin Falls; The Salvation Army, Nampa.

Northern Idaho: Children’s Village, Coeur d’Alene; Family Promise of North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene; First Step 4 Life Recovery Center, Lewiston; Kaleidoscope Community Services, Inc., Hayden; Safe Passage, Coeur d’Alene; Sojourners’ Alliance, Moscow; St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene.