Idaho’s 2013 Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge raises more than $230,000 for state’s homeless

The 2013 Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge provided a $233,469 funding boost to 31 organizations that provide essential housing services to Idaho families.

Almost 1,000 individual donors and 10 corporate sponsors contributed during the 22-day fundraising effort that wrapped up Dec. 31. More than $380,000 has been donated to help housing service providers in Idaho since the campaign’s inception in 2011.

Thirteen Southwest Idaho nonprofits will use a share of $157,881 to provide critical resources for the homeless or other services during a time when they need it the most. The participating nonprofits in Southwest Idaho are: Advocates Against Family Violence, Caldwell; Canyon County Habitat for Humanity, Nampa; CATCH, Inc., Boise; Catholic Charities of Idaho, Boise; Corpus Christi House — STEP UP Education Center, Boise;  Idaho Youth Ranch, Boise; Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services, Inc., Boise; Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., Boise; Organization Assisting The Homeless Student (OATHS), Boise; Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships, Inc., Boise; The Good Samaritan Home, Boise; The Jesse Tree of Idaho, Boise; The Salvation Army of the Treasure Valley, Boise.

“Thousands of Idahoans will have an opportunity to get back on their feet this year thanks to this collaboration between the Home Partnership Foundation and nonprofits throughout the state,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of the Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “We are grateful for the generous support from donors in communities throughout Idaho and for our nonprofit partners and sponsors. Without them, many critical resources for the homeless would not be available.”

The Home Partnership Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association,  spearheads the annual campaign. Sponsors include AmericanWest Bank, Bank of Idaho, Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Citizens Community Bank, Idaho Housing and Finance Association, KeyBank Foundation, Mountain West Bank, The Bank of Commerce and Wells Fargo. You can learn more about the campaign or any of its participants atwww.avenuesforhope.org.  To get involved in next year’s campaign, please call (208) 331-4756 or email afh@ihfa.org. To get updates throughout the year, log on to Facebook (facebook.com/HomePartnershipFoundation) or Twitter (@avenuesforhope).

The total of donations and grants to nonprofit organizations participating in the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge:

Southwest Idaho ($157,881)

Advocates Against Family Violence, $10,714; Canyon County Habitat for Humanity, $301; CATCH, Inc., $70,939; Catholic Charities of Idaho, $164; Corpus Christi House — STEP UP Education Center, $52,189; Home Partnership Foundation, $50; Idaho Youth Ranch, $164; Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services, Inc., $9,527; Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., $656; Organization Assisting The Homeless Student (OATHS), $10,523; Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships, Inc., $27; The Good Samaritan Home, $55; The Jesse Tree of Idaho, $2,353; The Salvation Army of the Treasure Valley, $219.

Southeast Idaho ($56,625)

Aid for Friends, Inc., $776; Bannock Youth Foundation, $32; Blaine County Housing Authority, $225; CLUB, Inc., $225; Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, $4,786; Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho, $6,538; Jubilee House, Inc., $64; Lemhi County Crisis Intervention, $5,041; Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., $38,548; South Central Community Action Partnership, $390.

North Idaho ($18,963)

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, $50; Family Promise of North Idaho, $5,549; Family Promise of the Palouse, $1,992; Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity, $100; Sojourners’ Alliance, $11,073; St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho, $149; The Guardians Foundation, $50.

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