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