Avenues For Hope Housing Project

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BOISE - The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge raised a record $1,321,394 for 73 Idaho nonprofits in 2019. The annual fundraising campaign, runs from December 12 through December 31, and helps support nonprofits that manage the day-to-day work of helping Idahoans find safe, stable and affordable housing.

The effort helps chronically and temporarily homeless, domestic violence survivors, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, seniors, and low-income Idahoans.

In North Idaho, 16 participating nonprofits raised $318,764 during the 20-day campaign. Family Promise of the Palouse ($85,509), Bonner County Homeless Task Force ($74,569) and Sojourners’ Alliance ($65,374) raised the most money in the region of participating organizations. 

The campaign, organized by the Home Partnership Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association, has raised nearly $4.4 million since its inception in 2011.

“We would like to thank all of our 3,328 generous donors and 40 sponsors for their help in exceeding our $1 million goal for this year’s Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “The donations to this homeless prevention effort support the programs and services offered to thousands of Idahoans who are struggling to find safe, stable and affordable housing. The generosity of the donors and sponsors truly makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”

Though the 2019 campaign is over, donations can still be made to support housing needs by visiting the Home Partnership Foundation’s website.

North Idaho fundraising totals

Family Promise of the Palouse, $85,509; Bonner County Homeless Task Force, $74,569; Sojourners’ Alliance $65,374; Family Promise North Idaho, $37,346; Union Gospel Mission, $19,978; Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, $8,585; Bonner Community Housing Agency, $8,150; The Salvation Army of Lewiston, $7,162; Lake Pend Oreille School District, $4,180; Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley, $4,150; Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho, $2,750; Boundary County School District, $410; Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, $300; Safe Passage, $225; Children’s Village, $50; St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho, $25.