Release Date: 12/13/2018
The 8th annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge to help Idaho’s homeless kicked off today. The 20-day online campaign, organized by The Home Partnership Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association, supports 55 nonprofits that manage the day-to-day work of serving more than 7,000 students and 4,000 Idahoans affected by homelessness. Money generated through the Avenues for Hope campaign allows participating nonprofits to maintain and expand their housing support programs and homelessness prevention services.
Avenues for Hope helps the chronic and temporarily homeless, including domestic violence victims, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, seniors, and low-income Idahoans. Since its inception in 2011, the campaign has raised more than $2.2 million for Idaho nonprofits.
“Providing a safe and stable home to all Idahoans is one of the core beliefs of our organization,” said Gerald Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “Through this community effort, we can help our neighbors struggling with homelessness receive the care and support they need.”
This year, every participating nonprofit’s donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $3,000. Donors can direct their tax-deductible gifts to one or more of the 55 participating nonprofits. Donors can also give a general donation to the campaign that will be used to address needs identified across the state.
The Home Partnership Foundation, along with Idaho Housing and Finance Association and 40 other businesses sponsoring the campaign, are contributing more than $200,000 this year in matching funds and challenge grant prizes to be awarded to participating nonprofits. Campaign sponsors include 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, and Wright Brothers.
About Home Partnership Foundation
The Home Partnership Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association 12 years ago with a mission to help people build a strong foundation for their lives through stable, safe, and affordable housing.
The foundation strengthens communities across Idaho by encouraging tax‐deductible charitable gifts to support shelters and shelter services for the homeless and disadvantaged, help avoid eviction actions to stabilize households and prevent homelessness, encourage asset‐building and education to achieve economic independence, build equity‐sharing funds to make workforce housing attainable, and facilitate tax‐advantaged land donations for affordable housing purposes.
About Idaho Housing and Finance Association
Idaho Housing and Finance Association is a financial services and housing business organization. IHFA’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen Idaho communities by expanding housing opportunities, building self‐sufficiency, and fostering economic development.
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