April 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, named Your Way Home Montgomery County one of the 10 winners of an awards program to recognize community foundations for the excellent work they do along with their public partners in the areas of housing and community development.
The Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations recognizes excellence in public-philanthropic partnerships that have both transformed the relationship between the sectors and led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic employment, health, safety, education, sustainability, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, and/or housing access for low and moderate-income families.
“HUD is proud of and grateful for the relationships we have with our philanthropic partners across the nation,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. In each of these ten cases, the public-private partnerships worked especially well and expanded opportunity for the communities we all serve. I applaud these foundations for their exceptional dedication to the most vulnerable in our society.”
“I am delighted to offer my congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards,” said Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Their partnerships with the public sector demonstrate the power of cross-sector collaborations and offer the field effective and innovative initiatives that can and should be replicated. The Council’s conference this year focuses on the future of community and the importance of place-based work, and I can think of no better way to start our conference than by honoring a group that is shaping our communities of tomorrow through bold ideas, decisive actions, and shared leadership today.”
The Montgomery County Foundation Inc. is the fiscal sponsor for the Your Way Home Fund, a pooled fund for grants, gifts and donations that are leveraged and coordinated for us by Your Way Home’s innovative Housing Resource Centers, community destinations for people experiencing or at imminent risk for homelessness to receive housing crisis response services to end or prevent their homelessness. To date, over ten private and family foundations, as well as businesses, civic organizations, police departments and individuals have contributed resources to the Your Way Home Fund.
The Your Way Home public-private partnership was made possible through the catalytic philanthropy of the HealthSpark Foundation (formerly North Penn Community Health Foundation), whose early planning and capacity building grants and continuing commitment to Your Way Home led the way for systems transformation and collective impact. Other philanthropic leadership and support comes from the Curaterra Foundation, the Genuardi Family Foundation, the Patricia Kind Family Foundation, and the North Penn United Way, among others.
The Initiative's goal is to transform Montgomery County’s approach to serving homeless families and individuals to make the experience of homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring by 2020, while ensuring that families and individuals who do experience homelessness achieve housing and financial stability with better health outcomes, food security, higher quality of life, and lasting independence.
In its first two years alone, Your Way Home Montgomery County increased exits directly from shelter to permanent housing from 30% to 46%, and to date more than 94% of the people re-housed have maintained housing stability.
Marrying innovation and leverage, Your Way Home delivers a groundbreaking approach to solving a complex community problem. The participating nonprofit, philanthropic, and county government agencies embrace a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and technical assistance from a backbone support organization augmented by dedicated consultants and county staff members.
Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency. This award highlights the power of collective impact that can be achieved through public-philanthropic partnerships between government entities and foundations.
For more information on HUD's Award click here
On March 31st Your Way Home Montgomery County was honored by Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia. The following individuals and organizations have all played a critical role in this initiative and now serve on the Your Way Home Leadership Council. They truly embody what it means for Philanthropy to Spark Solutions in our region.
It was noted that Your Way Home embodied the principles of the Sparking Solutions initiative, most notably in that it falls within one of our 5 core issue areas of homelessness, and aligns with the following criteria:
Your Way Home received the Advocacy Award on July 22, 2015 from the North Penn United Way.