TD Charitable Foundation awards $5.8M to 33 non-profits, two in VT get $325K
Tue, 03/08/2022 – 4:05pm —
The 16th annual Housing for Everyone grant program will help housing organizations deliver critical resident services like eviction prevention assistance, workforce development and childcare
Vermont Business Magazine Three Vermont non-profit housing organizations – Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), Downstreet Housing & Community Development (Downstreet), and Twin Pines Housing (Twin Pines) – have been awarded a total of $325,000 in Housing for Everyone grants from the TD Charitable Foundation. The organizations are three of 33 organizations selected from more than 357 applicants to receive a Housing for Everyone grant as part of the TD Charitable Foundation’s annual grant program helping to provide affordable housing since 2005.
Downstreet and Twin Pines will collaborate to use their $175,000 grant to grow Twin Pines’ existing resident services program and pilot a resident services program at Downstreet. Funds will be used to support one new staff position at each organization, and Twin Pines will support Downstreet as they develop their program over the next 18 months.
Champlain Housing Trust will use their award for similar activities, as the organization has tripled its resident services staffing during the pandemic. CHT has housed over 120 formerly homeless Vermonters in the last year in addition to providing support to hundreds of existing tenants.
“Without the critical resident services provided by organizations like Downstreet, Twin Pines, and Champlain Housing Trust, many individuals and families would struggle to find – or risk losing – a safe, affordable place to call home. The support from the TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone grant program will help these organizations continue to provide services like eviction assistance, housing search assistance, and direct support to help manage day-to-day challenges to even more individuals and families across Vermont,” said Sheryl McQuade, Regional President for Northern New England at TD Bank.
“The housing crisis in Vermont and New Hampshire is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” says Twin Pines Housing’s Executive Director Andrew Winter. “Our community’s well-being and our quality of life depend on all of us rising to the challenge of addressing this critical situation.”
“We always say ‘home is more than four walls and a roof,’” said Connie Snow, Interim CEO at Downstreet. “This grant gets to the root of housing insecurity, and will help people stay in their homes long-term.”
“CHT’s growing resident services staff support our residents every day, and often step up to intervene in more serious life and death situations,” said Michael Monte, CEO of the Champlain Housing Trust. “On behalf of all of us, thank you to TD Charitable Foundation for recognizing this work and supporting it.”