Tracy Doran, President of the Humanities Foundation of Mt. Pleasant, SC, announced today that the organization has received a $200,000 grant from the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) for its ShelterNet program. This is NFHA’s second grant to the Humanities Foundation.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Washington DC, NFHA is the only national organization dedicated solely to ending discrimination in housing. The grants to the Humanities Foundation are made possible due to a fair housing conciliation agreement reached between NFHA and Wells Fargo Bank in 2013. Wells Fargo stepped up as a partner to provide $27 million in direct community relief through NFHA and its members for reinvestment in communities harmed throughout the foreclosure crisis. The Charleston area was one of 19 metropolitan areas included in NFHA’s investigation and subsequent agreement with Wells Fargo.
The Humanities Foundation was begun in 1992 as a non-profit with the mission to address homelessness in the greater Charleston area. Since then, the Foundation has developed more than 2,000 units of affordable housing across four states: South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, and Virginia. ShelterNet is an emergency assistance fund under the umbrella of the Foundation.
ShelterNet assists residents in the tri-county area who are at risk of eviction from their homes or disconnection from their utility services. Qualified recipients must show that their income does not exceed 50% of the area’s median income. Since 1995 ShelterNet has assisted over 25,000 area residents.
According to Doran, “NFHA’s generous grant will extend ShelterNet’s opportunity to serve more Charleston area residents who are struggling to maintain their current homes or to move from homelessness into safe and secure environments. We are honored to continue our partnership with NFHA in order to further the mission of the Humanities Foundation.”