Housing Affordability Trust awards $1.3 million

July 18, 2018

Recipients include First Light, Inc, on the verge of closing doors

The Housing Affordability Trust (HAT) today announced a $1.3 million donation to six Birmingham-based organizations. HAT’s mission is to fund Affordable Housing-related projects and programs.

This year’s grantees include:

• First Light: Supportive Care Services in Shelter Plus Care Housing

• Cooperative Downtown Ministries: Nashamah Transitional Housing Program

• Cooperative Downtown Ministries: Safe Haven Housing Rehab

• Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham: Healthy Housing Initiatives

• Woodlawn Foundation: Homeowner Rehabilitation Program

• YWCA Central Alabama: Renovations for Harbor Apartments, Our Place and Child Development Center.

For over a decade, a joint venture of the Jefferson County Housing Authority and Navigate Affordable Housing Partners has been acting as HUD’s Section 8 Performance-Based Contract Administrator in four states, including Alabama. Profits from this venture have been used to support various affordable housing projects and programs through the Trust.

 “In evaluating the applications, HAT was looking for organizations with a track record of success,” says Navigate’s Marketing Coordinator Ebony Hall. “The Trust also considered how many people the funded project or program would serve and how it could best meet their needs.We’re very excited for this year’s recipients.”

In 2017, HAT donated close to $6 million to Birmingham-based organizations.

Navigate Affordable Housing Partners (Navigate) is a nonprofit affordable housing provider based in Birmingham, Alabama. For nearly 15 years, Navigate has provided services to assist HUD in overseeing and administering the Project-Based Section 8 housing program in states including Alabama, Mississippi, Connecticut and Virginia.


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Since 2017, the Housing Affordability Trust has funded housing-related programs and projects in Metro Birmingham.