Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) and the Housing Partnership Network (NPH) have formed a joint response to enhance resident services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two national housing intermediaries, representing more than 100 nonprofit members, is leveraging a $3 million investment from JPMorgan Chase to provide rent relief and expand critical services that support housing stability for more than 7,500 households served by 19 affordable housing nonprofits in seven states (California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia) and Washington, D.C.
The grant also supports COVID-related peer exchange and public policy work facilitated by both SAHF and HPN.
Throughout 2021, the two organizations will convene the 19 sub-grantees to ensure novel ideas and best practices to support residents of affordable housing are shared and replicated as well as to shape nonpartisan public policy analysis that promotes long-term housing stability during the eventual economic recovery.
“Access to safe and quality affordable housing is essential to thriving communities, but is out of reach for many people,” said Abigail Suarez, vice president, global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. “At JPMorgan Chase, we are committed to advancing racial equity and economic inclusion for underserved households by using our business, philanthropy, policy, and research expertise.”
During 2020, several flexible sub-grants were made available to select SAHF and HPN members to fund resident services and coordination and provide rent relief for impacted households as a critical pathway to housing stability through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Participating organizations are Aeon, AHC, BRIDGE Housing Corp., CHN Housing Partners, CommonBond Communities, EAH Housing, Foundation Communities, Hispanic Housing Development Corp., Homes for America, Mercy Housing, Montgomery Housing Partnership, National Church Residences, National Housing Trust, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Operation Pathways/NHP Foundation, Prospera Housing Community Services, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp., The Community Builders, and Volunteers of America.
Funded resident services include expanded digital access, job readiness, and economic mobility, childcare, and food security programs.