Birmingham-based Housing Affordability Trust recently awarded a total of $4.9 million in annual grants to 20 nonprofits in metropolitan Birmingham for initiatives that make housing more accessible to low-income residents.
Some of the awards, such as the one to The Birmingham Zoo, compensated for the effects of the virus crisis on the normal outreach of the organizations. The zoo saw a transfer of donor money to virus programs that normally go to The ZooSchool, a STEM-based education program for seventh-grade students from low- to moderate-income families.
Family Promise of Birmingham will use its HAT funding to provide three months of housing for four homeless families living in extended-stay hotels, due to Covid-19 shelter restrictions.
HAT awards the grants annually. Since 2017, the board has awarded nearly $15 million to housing-related projects and programs.
The Housing Affordability Trust was established by the Jefferson County Housing Authority and Navigate Affordable Housing Partners.
The 2020 HAT award recipients are:
Birmingham Zoo Inc.
Collat Jewish Family Services
Family Promise of Birmingham
First Light Inc.
Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
Grace House Ministries
Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham
Heart Gallery Alabama
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Jefferson County Housing Authority
Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham Inc.
One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center
Titusville Development Corp.
United Way of Central Alabama
Woodlawn Foundation Inc.