Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Grant Funding for CATCH Inc. Will Help Stabilize Idahoans on Brink of Homelessness

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

In an effort to assist more of the Gem State's homeless, the Idaho-based Home Partnership Foundation is funneling nearly $100,000 in grants to Idaho charities assisting low- or no-income families. The funds, providing temporary rental assistance, are expected to help hundreds of Idahoans.

“[We] work with families that are literally homeless,” CATCH Inc. Executive Director Greg Morris told Boise Weekly. “These are families that are living in a homeless shelter in Nampa and Boise, or are living in their cars.”

With $25,000 in new grant funds from HPF, a division of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Morris said CATCH Inc. staff will assist families obtain housing, or pay for deposits or rent fees for up to half a year, or until the families can support themselves.

“Our job is to get them back into housing as quickly as possible and we pay their rent for up to six months,” Morris told BW. “We work with families and some of the core issues that led to their homeless episodes. We’re all about giving folks chances to get straight."

Families facing homelessness can find relief at either Ada or Canyon County CATCH Inc. offices, both offering employment search centers and childcare for parents struggling to secure jobs.

“A lot of families may have lost work and are discouraged, there is a lot of competition and a high unemployment rate so we have a family resource center where they can come in everyday and look for work,” Morris said, adding that the new $25,000 grant will help those families meet the basic need of putting a roof over their families' heads.

“The average market-rate rent for the families that we serve in Ada and Canyon County is about $600 per month. So, $25,000 will probably pay for 41 months of rent, which is about seven families we would be able to support for a six month period.”

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