Greenville Housing Fund has been named one of 32 recipients of the 15th Annual Housing For Everyone grant program from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, for the innovative Home Again partnership.
The Home Again partnership, a joint venture of Greenville Housing Fund and United Housing Connections, identifies families with school-aged children who are living in tenuous temporary situations in local motels, often after job loss, credit obstacles, or eviction. The numbers of Greenville County families forced to live in motels has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Home Again participant families move into safe, stable, long-term rentals with sliding-scale rents, and receive long-term coaching, incentives, and support designed to encourage self-sufficiency. Throughout the two-year program, families also build connections to job training programs, child care, health care, financial management training, and other wraparound resources, with the goal of achieving permanent housing stability. In a unique program feature, landlord-participants receive an insurance-like guarantee of rent payments through a master-lease with the Home Again program.
“Greenville Housing Fund, in partnership with United Housing Connections, has developed an initiative to help COVID-19-impacted families avoid eviction, obtain long-term housing and achieve self-sufficiency.” said David Lominack, TD Bank’s South Carolina Market President. “Being awarded the 15th Annual Housing For Everyone grant is an acknowledgement of Greenville Housing Fund’s dedication to ensuring an inclusive recovery from the pandemic.”
The Housing For Everyone grant competition supports TD’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment through TD’s corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment. The TD Ready Commitment seeks to help people feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their future. It is driven by a central belief that together we can help build inclusive futures where everyone has the opportunity to succeed in a changing world. As part of the TD Ready Commitment, TD targets US $775 million in total by 2030 towards community-giving in four critical areas: Financial Security, A More Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Visit: https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had an immense and disproportionate impact on those most vulnerable, including renters, and that’s why the 2020 Housing For Everyone program focused on organizations working to keep families and individuals who rent in their homes.
“GHF is pleased to receive this support from TD Charitable Foundation to further the important Home Again program we have developed with United Housing Connections. The combination of case management with housing stabilization supports will allow Covid-19-impacted families with children to transition from substandard living conditions at hotels/motels into safe and stable housing,” said Bryan Brown, President & CEO of Greenville
Housing Fund. “We know the need to provide housing stabilization for those at lower incomes who are most vulnerable to impact during the pandemic is great and continues to grow.”
In total, TD Charitable Foundation awarded $4.9 million for the 2020 Housing For Everyone program, as part of the more than $20 million that TD has allocated to help strengthen community resilience and COVID-19 recovery through the TD Community Resilience Initiative.
A full list of the Housing For Everyone recipients can be found at https://stories.td.com/us/en/article/td-charitable-foundation-awards-grants-to-32-non-profits-helping-covid-impacted-renters-in-local-communities