Finalists Announced for $ 250,000 New Arizona Prize: Home Safety Challenge
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The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the five finalists for the Housing Security Challenge, the fourth philanthropic competition offered under the New Arizona Prize banner.
A total of 13 teams met the deadline to submit projects for review by the eight-member evaluation committee, and five teams scored high enough to qualify as finalists. These finalists will present their solutions and compete for the $ 250,000 grant at the finalists presentation and awards ceremony, which will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 26 from 4 pm to 6 pm Arizona time.
The Housing Security Challenge has solicited proposals that address the lack of affordable and stable housing in Arizona. But unlike traditional projects focused on building new housing units, the prize competition requires applicants to develop solutions rooted in support services related to racial inequality, economic and physical mobility, social work, public health and education.
The five finalists represent a number of organizations and community partners, many of whom have joined forces to deliver collaborative and innovative solutions.
Team: Chicanos Por La Causa
Project: The eviction crisis – Protecting people, saving homes
Chicanos Por La Causa will partner with the Arizona Housing Coalition and the Corporation for Supportive Housing to alleviate the housing crisis by: 1) piloting a direct service model for tenants at imminent risk of eviction, 2) ensuring a state-wide coordination with stakeholders, guided by those of lived experience, and 3) advocacy to reform systems.
Team: Our Family Services, Inc.
Project: Bridging the Gap: Secure Housing After Homelessness Grant
Those who have survived homelessness and completed a housing program come out in a financially precarious position in a post-COVID world. This team proposes to give 25 households an unconditional grant of $ 500 per month for one year, allowing them to build their own foundations for long-term stability.
Team: Tempe Community Action Agency
Project: The East Valley Seniors Home Sharing Program (SHS)
Maricopa County is going through a crisis of homelessness among the elderly. The East Valley Seniors Home Sharing Program is putting an end to this crisis. Seniors at risk of homelessness are matched with roommates and share the cost of housing, companionship and responsibilities. A range of comprehensive services will promote permanent housing, independent living and save lives.
Project: Community Voices: Resident-Led Solutions for Housing Stability
Without a home, a person is lost. Without stable housing, communities are rocked by the storm. The Community Voices Coalition of seven community partners seeks to invest in residents – to develop leaders who don’t just sit at the table, but ARE the table – who identify their community’s strengths and challenges, define solutions and advocate for action.
Team: UMOM New Day Centers, Inc.
Project: Incentive partnership pilot project with owners for sustainable affordable housing
Affordable housing is scarce, the homelessness system is overflowing, and landlords hold the keys – literally – to housing security. As fear, unfair practices and a global pandemic deepen the divide, UMOM believes that direct education and rental incentives will open doors for the most vulnerable members of our community.
To see team videos and learn more about the finalists, visit housingsecuritychallenge.org.
The New Arizona Prize aims to create the Arizona of tomorrow: a state where innovation thrives, where ingenuity is fueled, and where the best ideas are used to create positive, long-term solutions to enduring needs. While continuing to provide community grants, scholarships and loans that exceeded $ 150 million in its most recent fiscal year, the Arizona Community Foundation is committed to holding philanthropic award competitions designed to attract new reflections and innovations. Through these open, fair and transparent competitions, ACF, in partnership with Republic Media and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, deploys part of its philanthropic resources to generate innovative solutions to the challenges of our State.
Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a family of statewide charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the country with more than $ 1 billion in trust and endowment assets, and is certified to National Standards for Community Foundations. American. Since its inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $ 1 billion in grants, scholarships and loans to non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies. More information is available at azfoundation.org.