Idaho housing nonprofits get a $2.7 million boost

Idaho nonprofits got a big boost this holiday season thanks to the 12th annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge. The campaign raised nearly $2.7 million over 20 days, benefiting 88 Idaho nonprofits. The money will help organizations throughout the state that provide housing and supportive services to Idahoans in need.

In Southwest Idaho, nonprofits raised $1,827,106 during the campaign, with Jesse Tree raising $484,493 of it. Aid For Friends Inc. raised $63,075 of Southeast Idaho’s $412,217 total, while Family Promise of the Palouse’s $133,566 made it the top fundraiser in North Idaho, which raised $449,701 during the campaign. You can check our leaderboards for North, Southeast and Southwest Idaho to see how each nonprofit did during the campaign.

“Thousands of donations to this year’s Avenues for Hope campaign will help our state’s network of housing support and shelter organizations address the critical needs of Idahoans all across the state,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance. “A heartfelt thank you to all of our generous donors and sponsors who have helped make a difference this year.”

The Avenues for Hope campaign, organized by the Home Partnership Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association, has raised $12.2 million since its inception in 2011.

Organizations that are benefiting from the campaign include CATCH, a Boise-based nonprofit dedicated to helping families get back on their feet. One of the organization’s programs helped Althea and her grandson, Kingston, leave a local homeless shelter for a place of their own. As part of this year’s Avenues for Hope kickoff event, we wanted to highlight the work organizations like CATCH do, while shining a light on the challenges that families emerging from homelessness still face. Idaho Housing and Finance partnered with Treger Strasberg and her company, Humble Design, whose mission is to make sure families like Althea’s come home each day to a clean, friendly and dignified home.

Though the 2022 campaign is over, donations can still be made to support housing needs by visiting the Home Partnership Foundation’s website.

Avenues for Hope would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors:

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

Gold: Blue Cross of Idaho

Silver: Academy Mortgage, Idaho Central Credit Union, Key Bank, Magellan Healthcare, Stifel, The Pacific Companies

Bronze: Barclays, Boise Housing Corporation, Bonial & Associates, P.C., Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, First Interstate Bank, Hawley Troxell, IL Group | OSC Insurance Services, Idaho National  Laboratory, Idaho Power Company, Mountain West Bank, New Beginnings Housing, Northwest Integrity Housing Company, Pacific Source Health Plans, Saint Alphonsus, Skinner Fawcett LLP, Thomas Development Company, Washington Trust Bank

Friends: The Bank of Commerce, Citizens Community Bank, Eide Bailly, Essent, Evergreen Home Loans, First American Mortgage Solutions, Gerald M. Hunter, Intermountain Gas Company, P1FCU, Republic Services, TAO Idaho, TitleOne, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Valbridge Property Advisors, WaFd Bank, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company

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