Save the Family Foundation of Mesa has received a $150,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to assist 100 additional homeless families with housing and services to help alleviate the regional backlog of families waiting in shelters to access services. The program helps homeless families quickly stabilize by moving them from shelters or emergency situations into housing, and then providing wrap around supportive services.
“Last year, Save the Family provided housing and supportive services for nearly 600 homeless impoverished families,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor. “This grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will give us additional resources to quickly start the transition process from homelessness to financial stability.”
“During her career, Nina Mason Pulliam shared her financial success and business leadership skills with many charities. She had a keen awareness of challenges that face our community and would take great pride in the outstanding work being done by organizations like Save the Family,” said trustee chair Carol Schilling. “Through her trust, we continue to build on her legacy, which clearly reflects her heart for philanthropy.”
Taylor said the grant will be used for the organization’s Rapid Re-Housing program, a model that has successfully worked to reduce family homelessness in our community and across the country. Through Rapid Re-Housing, Save the Family provides homeless families with help locating an affordable apartment in the community and provides assistance with move-in fees, utility set-ups and rental stipends that are stepped-down over time as the family increases their ability to pay for their own housing costs. Rapid re-housing is a short-term, stepped-down housing solution for homeless families, primarily those with past evictions/credit issues. Supportive services are provided to help the family rebuild their self-sufficiency while the family is receiving rental assistance. Parent(s) sign the leases and case coordinators assist them in increasing income, reducing debt and building their savings. Families are quickly moving to independence with the help of this program, and last year the organization reported that most families graduated the program in less than five months. This allows Save the Family to bring more families into their programs that are waiting in emergency shelters for help.
The grant to Save the Family represents one of 21 awarded to nonprofit organizations in Arizona by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust during the first of two grant cycles this year. Since the trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $283 million to 954 nonprofit organizations in its home states of Arizona and Indiana. For more information about the trust and its programs, visit www.ninapulliamtrust.org.
For more information about Save the Family, visit www.savethefamily.org.