Release Date: 12/08/2016
BOISE, Idaho – The sixth annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge launches today with 44 nonprofits from across the state raising funds to help continue and expand programs that care for the homeless and those in need of housing assistance. Organized by Idaho Housing and Finance Association and its foundation, the Home Partnership Foundation, the 24-day campaign is designed to rally support for the 44 participating nonprofits who manage the day-to-day work of serving the more than 4,000 homeless in Idaho.
The public is encouraged to donate $25 or more at www.avenuesforhope.org to help the homeless in their community. Donors can direct their gift to one or more of the 44 participating nonprofits. This year’s campaign goal is $400,000 to help combat homelessness and ensure essential housing resources are available across the state. Donations will be accepted until midnight December 31.
“The importance of providing affordable housing and services to displaced individuals and families is one of the core beliefs of our organization,” said Gerald M. Hunter, President of Idaho Housing. “We are excited to see nonprofit and sponsor participation in Avenues for Hope continue to increase each year. Through a united effort, we can ensure Idaho’s homeless receive the care and support they need.”
Both the chronically and temporarily homeless are helped by Avenues for Hope, including domestic violence victims, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, seniors, and low-income Idaho residents. Donations support emergency shelters, homelessness prevention services, and affordable housing programs throughout the state. In total, Avenues for Hope’s participating nonprofits have received nearly $1 million in the past five years.
The Home Partnership Foundation along with Idaho Housing and 27 other businesses sponsoring the campaign are contributing up to $200,000 this year in matching funds and challenge grant prizes to be awarded to participating nonprofits. Campaign sponsors include Academy Mortgage, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Idaho, Bank of the Cascades, Barclays, Boise Housing Corporation, Citizens Community Bank, Eide Bailly, Evergreen Home Loans, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, First Mortgage Company, George K. Baum & Company, Guild Mortgage Company, Idaho Independent Bank, KeyBank, Mountain West Bank, New Beginnings Housing, Northwest Integrity Housing, P1FCU, The Pacific Companies, Skinner Fawcett LLP, Stifel, Thomas Development Co., Wells Fargo, and Zions Bank Corporate Trust.
Campaign dates: December 8 at 8 a.m. through 12 midnight on December 31, 2016
Donations accepted: http://www.avenuesforhope.org
Campaign video: https://youtu.be/dcJV5amI1js
Social media hashtag: #IdahoHomeless
Campaign logos/graphics available for download: https://avenuesforhope.org/#npo-resources
Results announced: Early January 2017
44 Nonprofit Organizations participating in the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge
|Affordable Housing Foundation, Inc.||Family Promise of the Palouse||Sojourners’ Alliance|
|Bonner County Homeless Task Force||Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity||St Vincent de Paul North Idaho|
|Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley||Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, Inc.||The Women’s Center, Inc.|
|Family Promise of North Idaho||The Salvation Army||Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane|
|Aid For Friends, Inc.||Idaho Falls Rescue Mission||Pocatello Habitat for Humanity|
|Blaine County Housing Authority||Lemhi County Crisis Intervention / The Mahoney House||South Central Community Action Partnership|
|CLUB, Inc.||Mini-Cassia Shelter||Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency|
|Family Services Alliance||NeighborWorks Pocatello||Volunteers Against Violence|
|Advocates Against Family Violence||First Story||The Jesse Tree of Idaho|
|Boise Housing First||Good Samaritan Home||NeighborWorks Boise|
|Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity||Home Partnership Foundation||The Salvation Army|
|CATCH, Inc.||Hope House, Inc.||Shepherd’s Home, Inc.|
|The Community Builder||Idaho Youth Ranch, Inc.||Society of St. Vincent de Paul of SW Idaho|
|Concordia University||Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter||Women’s & Children’s Alliance|
|Corpus Christi House, Inc.||International Rescue Committee|
About Home Partnership Foundation
The Home Partnership Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association 11 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.
Website: www.idahohousing.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/idahohousing