Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network will receive a Homeless No More challenge grant of $20,000 over two years — $10,000 per year — through a national partnership between its parent organization, Family Promise, and Help Us Move In, a nonprofit based in Washington state that works with communities to fund and create programs for families facing housing crises.
RAIHN is one of 10 Family Promise affiliates selected for the second cycle of grants through HUMI.
The initial 10 affiliates to participate in the pilot round are starting their second year with the grant. In total, the pilot affiliates served more than 862 children from 387 families utilizing funds from this program. Other affiliates selected for the second grant cycle are South Sarasota County, Florida; Metrowest, Massachusetts; Hawaii; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Davie County, North Carolina; South Bay, California; San Gabriel Valley, California; Lima-Allen County, Ohio; and Irving, Texas.
RAIHN will establish a working group to manage the program within the community and identify families to receive assistance, determining how much temporary assistance each family needs to successfully move into and support a stable home. The funds are restricted to rental assistance, housing arrears and move-in expenses, including security deposits.
“We are excited to partner with HUMI in helping families in Monroe County, specifically the city of Rochester, to prevent homelessness or gain housing more quickly,” said Kim Hunt-Uzelac, RAIHN director. “This funding allows RAIHN to address the full scope of homelessness by providing resources for prevention and stabilization, in addition to our core work within our shelter and aftercare programs. We are thrilled to be working with an amazing organization like HUMI.”
Each participating affiliate receives a $20,000 Homeless No More challenge grant from HUMI over two years to launch a program aimed at sustainable prevention and rehousing for families experiencing homelessness. Each must raise an initial $10,000 before HUMI awards the $10,000 grant. Further, the affiliate is expected to engage the community and match the funds with another $20,000 each year. This double challenge match is designed to reinforce a self-sustaining habit of contributions from the community going forward.
“HUMI is very excited to partner with Family Promise/RAIHN and multiply the impact for vulnerable families across the U.S. to become homeless no more,” said Sarah Scherer, HUMI executive director.
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