As the temperatures drop, group looks to put roof over Idahoan's heads
As the temperatures drop, and the giving season continues, you may consider helping those without a roof over their head. Right now, you can do that through the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge.
This is the seventh year the Housing and Finance Association has put the project together. They're hoping to raise $500,000 for those with emergency housing needs right now in Idaho.
There are 48 different organizations you can choose to donate to.
"People don't realize that there are homeless students throughout the state," said Gerald Hunter, the President of the Housing and Finance Association. "They don't realize that there are single parents with children that may fall homeless because they can't pay the rent or something of that nature. Domestic violence is an issue as well that creates homeless situations."
One of those organizations is the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which will use the money to help refugees who have lost their home due to fire, or other reasons, or it they can't find housing right when they arrive to the U.S.
"I moved to Boise this summer, and even for us to find a house, rental rates are very high... so it's going to be difficult to find housing for our refugee clients," said James Brownson, the development manager for the IRC. "In these cases of emergency there's been a couple times we couldn't find anything else, and we've had to put people up in hotels for a couple nights, and that's really really, very expensive."
There is $200,000 in matching donations as well. With these matches, Avenues for Hope is expected to raise $500,000 all together for those in need this year.
You have until December 31 to donate!