At the beginning of April, Homie Arizona launched the Homie Helps initiative and committed to contributing up to $100,000 to the Valley of the Sun United Way COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund was established to assist those impacted by COVID-19. For every home bought or sold by Arizonans through Homie, $500 was contributed to this relief fund. Homie contributions went to help Arizonans stay in their homes through rent and mortgage assistance for those struggling to make ends meet.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting our community, we wanted to do something impactful to give back to those who needed urgent support,” says Joshua Miller, general manager at Homie Arizona. “This is a challenging time for many people facing the possibility of losing their security net, and we wanted to alleviate some of that uncertainty for our fellow Phoenicians. We are so grateful to our Homie clients, who are really the ones to thank for making this possible.”
All funding was distributed through the Valley of the Sun United Way to organizations that assist with a range of emergency needs such as housing/rent assistance, eviction prevention, food insecurity, employment and behavioral health services. Organization benefited include:
• Homeward BoundNative American Connections
• Save the Family
• Chicanos Por La Casa (CPLC)
• Tempe Community Action Agency
• New Leaf
• Friendly House
• International Rescue Committee
• Phoenix Indian Center
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Greater Phoenix community several ways. One example is Chicanos Por La Causa, a critical organization that supports local families and works with the United Way.
“The vital role of Chicanos Por La Causa in helping people and communities is now even more pronounced than ever,” says Genaro Ruiz from Chicanos Por La Causa. “Just like many families in the Valley, for the past four months every Friday the Barrios family comes to our Community Center for support. Being a large family of 11 with one on the way, and a single income household, the food pantry helps them stay afloat. We provide them milk, cereal, bread, produce and more.”
“If it wasn’t for Chicanos Por La Causa, I would be struggling to put food on the table for our family,” says Mrs. Barrios.
Read more about the total impact of the Valley of the Sun United Relief Fund HERE.