CLEVELAND, OH (5/1/20) The negative economic impacts caused by the spread of COVID-19 are affecting nonprofit organizations all over the country. To reduce these economic stressors, the Union Home Mortgage Foundation has activated a COVID-19 response fund to provide immediate relief for existing nonprofit partners.
Based in Northeast Ohio, the Union Home Mortgage Foundation identified participating organizations through a two-week open grant period and accepted requests from causes across the country. The Foundation has selected ten organizations to receive unrestricted grants, totaling $52,500, to be used where needed most.
“During this time of uncertainty, so many of our nonprofit partners are facing insurmountable challenges precisely when many of their services are needed the most,” says Christina Fagan, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We are fortunate to be in a position to help our partners continue their missions and address the needs of the people they serve, many of whom are struggling to have their basic needs met.”
The funds were awarded as follows:
- $10,000 to CHN Housing Partners (Cleveland, OH) to add additional staffing for foreclosure prevention needs and generate assistance dollars for their families to pay rent.
“Today, more than ever, home is everyone’s refuge, and our work to provide affordable housing and help families succeed is only possible with the support of those who share our commitment,” said Kevin J. Nowak, executive director of CHN Housing Partners. “We are so grateful for the generosity of Union Home Mortgage Foundation in this critical time.”
- $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio to provide meal delivery and care kits to their partner families, digitize their learning programs, and provide daytime childcare for frontline workers.
- $5,000 to Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (Cleveland, OH) to continue providing virtual financial counseling sessions and programming on COVID fraud prevention, in addition to small-dollar emergency loans for low-income older adults.
- $5,000 to Seeds of Literacy (Cleveland, OH) to move one-on-one tutoring online and provide computer and internet access to ensure continued education for their constituents.
- $5,000 to Towards Employment (Cleveland, OH) to move job readiness training online and provide clients access to needed technology, as well as expanding case management to include recent unemployed undergraduates.
- $5,000 to Volunteers of America of Ohio & Indiana to purchase PPE equipment for shelters and supply activities and materials to veterans in their housing programs in Sandusky, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.
- $5,000 to Life of a Single Mom (Baton Rouge, LA) to provide $500 emergency vouchers for single moms, offer free enrollment to their online classes, distribute diapers, and help with case management.
- $5,000 to Housing for New Hope (Durham, NC) to move 18 individuals/families out of virus vulnerable homeless shelters to fully furnished permanent supportive or rapid re-housing.
- $5,000 to Homestretch (Falls Church, VA) to supply their families, many of whom are single mothers, with gift cards for healthy groceries, diapers, transportation for ongoing medical appointments, and other childcare items.
- $2,500 to Homeless Youth Connection (Avondale, AZ) to provide homeless students computer and internet access to continue their education.
“It is our hope that this funding provides these wonderful organizations, who do so much good for our community, some relief. It is during times of crisis that we as a community of non-profit partners/funders need to support each other and grow together,” says Bill Cosgrove, owner and CEO of Union Home Mortgage and Chairman of the Foundation.
About the Union Home Mortgage Foundation
The Union Home Mortgage Foundation was established in 2015 as the charitable arm of Strongsville based independent mortgage bank, Union Home Mortgage. The Foundation exists to equip families with the tools and resources to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Operating under the four pillars of Financial Literacy, Career Readiness, Education, and Housing, the Union Home Mortgage Foundation strives to improve the financial health of families in its communities and empower them for responsible homeownership.