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RAIHN has $20,000 to assist families with housing.

Byline: Velvet Spicer

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network has received a $20,000 grant to help families facing housing crises.<br />The two-year grant comes from Help Us Move In, a Washington state-based nonprofit that works with communities to fund and create programs for families. RAIHN is one of 10 Family Promise affiliates nationwide selected for the second cycle of grants through HUMI.<br />The pilot program, now in its second year of grants, served more than 860 children from 387 families using funds from the program. Other affiliates selected for the second grant cycle are located in Florida, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, North Carolina, California, Ohio and Texas.<br />RAIHN will establish a working group to manage the program within the community and will 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.<br />"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," RAIHN Director Kim Hunt-Uzelac said in a statement. "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."<br />Each Family Promise affiliate must raise an initial $10,000 before HUMI awards the first-year, $10,000 grant. The affiliate is then expected to engage the community and match the funds with another $20,000 each year. The double-challenge match is designed to reinforce a self-sustaining habit of contributions from the community going forward.<br />"HUMI is very excited to partner with Family Promise/RAIHN and multiply the impact for vulnerable families across the United States to become homeless no more," HUMI Executive Director Sarah Scherer said.<br />RAIHN is a not-for-profit, interfaith, culturally competent organization that assists homeless families achieve sustainable independence by supporting them with tailored services including shelter, food, personalized case manager and a network of more than 1,700 volunteers.<br /> / 585-653-4021<br />Follow Velvet Spicer on Twitter: @Velvet_Spicer

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Publication:Rochester Business Journal
Date:Aug 1, 2018
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