Family Housing Resources awards $10,000 to Sister Jose Women’s Center

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHRCares awarded Sister Jose Women’s Center with a $10,000 grant for pumps and irrigation systems for a garden designed to be both therapeutic and educational for residents at its shelter. As it can be difficult to find funding for capital projects FHR Cares believes in supporting all needs of organizations that are doing profoundly important work like Sister Jose Women’s Center. This gift allowed for the completion of a fully functioning cistern in the organizations garden benefiting the organization and it’s residents alike.

About Sister Jose Women’s Center: Sister Jose Women’s Center is a safe haven for Tucson women experiencing homelessness and is often the first step to recovery from homelessness. A Tucson-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009. Their low-barrier day center provides unaccompanied homeless women with a stable and safe environment to recuperate from the daily struggle of homelessness and extreme poverty. https://www.srjosewomensshelter.org/

Family Housing Resources awarded StartUp Tucson with $25,000 its Startup Fundamental Series

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR cares awarded Start Up Tucson with $25,000 its Startup Fundamental Series which offers education all types of entrepreneurs and startups at every stage of their growth. With a shared focus on economic development and low-cost, low-barrier access to resources, FHR Cares’ support of Startup Tucson’s educational offerings ensures service to diverse communities with a focus on increasing the types of entrepreneurs in Tucson.  

The Startup Fundamental Series is part of the greater Startup educational offerings specifically focused on business development.  The “Fundamental Series” of Courses provide a rich toolbox of skills for every entrepreneur, regardless of stage or industry and include opportunities such as Market Research & Customer Discovery, Pitching Your Company and Lean Methodology Deep Dive.

About Start Up Tucson: Startup Tucson provides comprehensive wrap-around services for entrepreneurs that include Discovery & Networking Events, Educational Programming, and a free membership hub called The Startup Tucson Network. Startup Tucson is also known for two larger regional ecosystem building events, TENWEST Festival of Innovation and IdeaFunding.

The Startup Tucson model was developed through a combination of national best practices, entrepreneurs feedback, and the Startup Tucson Advisory Council to be specially tailored to Tucson’s unique ecosystem. Startup Tucson is “industry agnostic” inso much as they are open to entrepreneurs of all kinds –from software and technology to artisans and creatives. https://www.startuptucson.com/

Family Housing Resources grants Local First AZ $35,000 for the Fuerza Local Business Incubator

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded Local First AZ with $35,000 for their Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program a six-month program designed to teach underserved micro-entrepreneurs important basics for financial literacy and business development. Participants attend weekly classes on a variety of topics including marketing, business planning, cash flow management, and many more. Participants also gain critically important financial literacy through participating in a lending circle, which requires them to make on-time payments every month they are in the program.

Local First Arizona Foundation launched the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator in 2013 as a direct response to the influx of predatory lenders that target low- income Latinos who often lack financial literacy and access to resources that help build thriving businesses. “FHR Care’s generosity is helping advance Arizona’s economy and increase prosperity for all. Your commitment to the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program enables us to deliver new and innovative ways to create jobs, improve health and well being, and increase self-reliance in under-served communities.” Kimber Lanning, Executive Director Local First Arizona Foundation.  

About Local First Arizona: Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. Local First supports, promotes and advocates for a strong local business community and raised public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by strong local economies. Local businesses contribute to a sustainable economy for Arizona and build vibrant communities we’re all proud to call home. https://www.localfirstaz.com/

Family Housing Resources grants $25,000 in support of Step Up to Justice

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded Step Up to Justice (SU2J) with $25,000 to further their work of providing free civil legal services to the most vulnerable people in our community ensuring access to justice is a reality for all Pima County residents.

“With your help, we can work to prevent homelessness, halt illegal evictions and improve access to the courts for self-represented litigants. Because of your gift, we can help next-of-kin obtain minor guardianships for children whose parents cannot care for them. We can ensure safety for victims of domestic violence by obtaining orders of protection.”   SU2J’s Executive Director Michelle Mirto 

FHR Cares is pleased to invest in SU2J’s full-service free civil legal center for the poor and working poor in Pima County. Their careful financial stewardship and innovative use of technology designed to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them is a valuable asset for Pima County residents.


About Step Up to Justice: Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center for low-income individuals and families in Pima County, powered by the talents of volunteer attorneys and the efficient use of technology and funding. A public service by private citizens, Step Up to Justice harnesses the energy of volunteer attorneys and channels that resource to members of the community who need but cannot afford legal services.  Step Up to Justice relies on innovation in technology to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them. By targeting funds at the infrastructure necessary to connect clients in need with volunteers ready to help, Step Up to Justice reaches clients, recruits volunteers, builds partnerships, and provides free civil legal services efficiently and at a low cost. http://www.stepuptojustice.org/

 

Family Housing Resources grants $50,000 in support of La Frontera and The Primavera Foundation

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), is pleased to announce that it has awarded two more grants totaling $50,000 in an effort to support affordable community programs in Pima County and Southern Arizona.

The grantees are La Frontera and The Primavera Foundation, with $25k each. The funding will be used by La Frontera for supportive services at Rally Point Veterans Apartment complex and by Primavera for Casa Paloma, the women’s housing program and drop-in center that is undergoing a much-needed renovation. Award ceremonies were held last week at the nonprofits respective local offices.

“We are very pleased, especially at this time of year, to make good on our promise to keep investing in the Tucson community and Pima County to make life better for residents in need,“ said FHR’s Board President Steve Russo. “We have a long way to go, but every success story for an individual or a family is a success story for the community as a whole. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the hard work, commitment and compassion of organizations like La Frontera and The Primavera Foundation.”

FHR is one of three Pima IDA support organizations that also include Community Investment Corporation (“CIC”) and Southern Arizona Land Trust, Inc. (“SALT”), all of which focus on improving the economic growth and general welfare of Pima County.

Last month FHR awarded two grants totaling $150,000 to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Our Family Services.

About La Frontera

La Frontera cares for individuals and families diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse disorders, including the homeless, by providing housing and supportive services needed to live healthier, more independent lives in the Pima County area. http://lafronteraaz.org.

About The Primavera Foundation

The Primavera Foundation provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. Primavera’s vision promotes social and economic justice, while working to build a future in which all people are assured basic human rights, a livable income, and safe, affordable housing. Primavera’s continuum of services over the past 34 years focus on the following four pathways: 1) survival – emergency shelters, drop-in resource centers, homeless prevention and intervention; 2) stability – safe, affordable housing, job readiness skills, temporary and permanent employment, water harvesting, and drug treatment alternative to prison; 3) security – financial education and homebuyer education, financial and housing counseling, and affordable homeownership opportunities; and 4) sustainability – working collaboratively with a variety of multi-sector community partners on neighborhood revitalization, resident engagement, leadership development, education, and advocacy to create greater equity, healthy neighborhoods, and to support collective action around critical policy issues impacting low-income working families. http://www.primavera.org

Family Housing Resources grants $150,000 in support of local affordable housing non-profits

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), is pleased to announce it has awarded two grants totaling $150,000 in an effort to support affordable housing program in Pima County and Southern Arizona.

The grantees are as follows: United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona received $100,000 and Our Family Services received $50,000. Award ceremonies were held at local offices of United Way and at the Reunion House for Our Family Services on November 3, 2017.

“We are very excited to continue to fulfill our investment in the Tucson community and Pima County and deliver on our promise to make life better for our hardest hit residents,“ said FHR’s Board President John Payne. “It is only through partnership with eminent organizations like these that we will be able to successfully assist even more families and individuals achieve their dream of homeownership and provide safe affordable housing solutions.” “This is just the beginning of FHR’s granting program, as FHR is looking to be granting additional funds to worthy housing non-profits in the near future.”

FHR is one of three Pima IDA support organizations that also include Community Investment Corporation (“CIC”) and Southern Arizona Land Trust, Inc. (“SALT”), all of which focus on improving the economic growth and general welfare of Pima County.

The largest grant, in the amount of $100,000, was awarded to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona to be used in three ways to make a significant difference in the community:

  • Collective Impact Fund at United Way, to be used to support its vision where every child receives a high quality education from cradle to career, every adult has the opportunity to thrive financially and at work, and every older person can retire and age with dignity. United’s collective work builds change in the community by convening people to work together to solve the most important problems and create the best solutions to change lives to prevent critical problems such as homelessness, behavioral health issues, and family despair.
  • The Siemer Family Stability Project assists families with school-age children who are experiencing financial distress and facing imminent eviction. Our Family Services, United Way’s partner, provides financial support to the family to either keep them in their home or find suitable, affordable housing so the children can keep attending the school they had been attending.
  • Operation United provides support to Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans (TVSV) organizing two major events during the year: The Veterans Resource Fair in June and the Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in January. TVSV helps hundreds of veterans through these events, from employment assistance, connection to counseling and other forms of support, to haircuts and dental care. Operation United also works with community agencies that provide permanent housing for homeless veterans and their families. Primavera Foundation is the lead agency of those agencies receiving Supportive Services for Veterans and Families, a program funded by the VA.

“We are very pleased and honored to be chosen to receive a grant for $100,000 from Family Housing Resources,” said Tony Penn, President and CEO of United Way Tucson and Southern Arizona. “United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s mission is to build a thriving community by uniting people, ideas, and resources. As part of our vision we work with families and adults to achieve financial stability and avoid homelessness and despair. With FHR’s generous gift, we will be able to reach more families with children who are at-risk of eviction or have difficult family situations that make them vulnerable to homelessness through the Family Stability Project.”

Another grant, in the amount of $50,000, was issued to Our Family Services to benefit the Reunion House program, a 20-bed emergency shelter offering hope and a safe temporary home for abused, neglected, runaway, and homeless teenagers in Tucson.  Three quarters of the youth who stay at Reunion House have experienced violence and abuse at home.  Reunion House offers them a safe place to stay and individual and group counseling so they can heal from experiences of trauma, repair damage to their self-worth and self-esteem, and prepare for adulthood without continuing the cycle of violence in their homes. Last year, 247 teens called Reunion House home.

“Receiving this incredibly generous grant from the Family Housing Resources has left us all speechless,” said CEO Beth Morrison. “We are grateful for the recognition of the important work that we do at Our Family in working with young people. By providing services to youth, we believe we are one step closer to our achieving our mission of eliminating homelessness and strengthening our community.”

About United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is building a thriving community by uniting people, ideas and resources. We transform individual lives and bring long-lasting, systemic change to our community by focusing on the key, underlying issues.  We fight for quality education, financial stability and healthy communities for every person in Tucson and southern Arizona. Our role as community convener enables us to form strategic partnerships, mobilize the best resources and be the catalyst for needed change. http://www.unitedwaytucson.org

About Our Family Services

Our Family Services is a Tucson non-profit whose roots go back to the 1950s. Our Family’s mission is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen our community. We do this by providing stability in times of crisis, fostering social connectedness, linking people to support and resources, and engaging our neighbors to tackle tough community issues. http://www.ourfamilyservices.org

Family Housing Resources awards a $50,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity Tucson and to the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (FHR), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (Pima IDA) is pleased to announce the award of two $50,000 grants.

The grants were awarded to Habitat for Humanity Tucson (HFHT) and the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF). Both organizations will use the funds to repair and upgrade residential property allocated to Tucson’s low-income households in the community.

HFHT will use the funds to repair homes with the goal of reducing energy costs. The organization partners with seniors, the disabled, U.S. Veterans, multi-generational households and single-parent families in need of home repair.

SAAF will use the grant to replace 12 evaporative coolers at their Glenn Apartments with modern and energy-efficient HVAC units. In all, SAAF manages seven apartment complexes providing shelter and services to persons experiencing homelessness living with HIV/AIDS.

“We could not be more pleased to provide support to Habitat for Humanity Tucson and the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation to help these exceptional organizations improve the housing and quality of life for those they serve,” FHR Board Member Steve Russo said. “This is in keeping with our mission to help worthy organizations provide safe and affordable housing in Pima County.”

“Making these critical home repairs benefits the families, the neighborhood, and the entire community,” said HFHT Executive Director T. Van Hook. “The repairs will ensure families live in safe and well-maintained homes. These upgrades also help restore the homeowners’ dignity and pride of ownership. The support of FHR means so much to our organization and those we serve,” added Van Hook.

SAAF Executive Director Wendell Hicks said, “this grant makes a huge difference in the lives of our tenants at the Glenn Apartments. The installation of the new HVAC units means an end to water leaks and damage occurring with the old evaporative coolers. It also means elderly clients with compromised immune systems and health issues will not suffer additionally during Tucson’s sweltering summer. We are very grateful for FHR’s generosity.” Hicks said.

About Habitat for Humanity Tucson (HFHT) 

Habitat Tucson Home Repair Program partners with eligible limited-income home owners in need of critical home repairs.  This program is designed to provide home owners with services to improve the condition and safety of owner-occupied homes.  Housing rehabilitation services may include projects addressing home livability, safety concerns, accessibility upgrades, and/or home weatherization to improve energy efficiency to reduce utility costs.  The home repair program serves aging seniors and disabled veterans, increasing the livability of their homes by installing ramps, grab bars, and roll in showers. Learn more at www.habitattucson.org 

About Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF)

The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action. SAAF works to achieve these goals by providing case management, housing, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families; culturally appropriate prevention and education programs to reduce the rate of infection; & LGBTQ community outreach & engagement. SAAF has over thirty years of experience providing services to the southern Arizona community. Learn more about SAAF at www.saaf.org