News Release 11/ 17/ 2020

NorthMarq awards 18 grants to non-profits focused on affordable housing and homelessness eradication

Program’s third year brings 20% increase in participation

MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 17, 2020) In the third year of NorthMarq’s Community Involvement Grant program, the company has awarded grants to 18 non-profits in 16 cities. The program solicits nominations from each local office, and had an increase of 20% from 2019, with a total of 18 non-profits focused on affordable housing and reducing homelessness receiving these grants in 2020.

“While we support other areas of giving, like the nearly $200,000 donation our company gave to Feeding America earlier this year, this program is designed to encourage giving in communities where our employees work. What’s most exciting this year is that 11 of the offices are new participants in the program thereby expanding our giving reach and developing new relationships,” said Jeff Weidell, chief executive officer – NorthMarq.  

The inspiring stories from the 18 organizations will appear on NorthMarq’s website over the next three weeks. In all cases, the selected non-profits are using innovative approaches to address these very pressing community needs.

Learn more about each organization supported by NorthMarq:

Affordable Housing

OrganizationFocus AreaNominator
Better Housing Coalition    Better Housing Coalition creates high-quality homes for families and seniors of modest means, and empowers them with programs and tools to help them achieve greater health, economic and academic outcomes. They proudly serve nearly 2,500 residents in 16 communities throughout the metro Richmond area.Keith Wells Richmond, VA
Community Housing Works  Provides and builds affordable apartment communities across California and provide our residents with powerful services.Eric Flyckt San Diego
Community Housing Resource Partners    CHR Partners is dedicated to creating quality, affordable housing where built-in social services empower low-income residents to reach independence.Bryan Leonard Zar Haro San Antonio, Texas
Hope For All     
They provide basic necessities (i.e. furniture, housewares, clothing and personal items) to families and individuals without sufficient economic resourcesJoe Burke Baltimore
New Hope Housing organization provides life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes.Kerry French and Kristi Johnson Houston
Raphael House http://www.raphaelhouse.orgThe mission of Raphael House is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence.Nate Prouty and Anika Sasche San Francisco
Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp      Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp. was founded in 2011 with one purpose: to facilitate the revitalization of a healthy, sustainable, mixed-income community in North Omaha’s Highlander neighborhoodJohn Reed and Jason Kinnison Omaha
SouthEast Effective Development  SEED is a Seattle-based nonprofit that is solely focused on providing affordable housing to residents in the South Seattle area. Stuart Oswald Seattle
Operates senior residential and healthcare services to both residents on their 34-acre campus and seniors in their own homes.Robert Ranieri White Plains, NY

Homelessness Eradication

The Bowery Mission  Helping the homeless and the hungry in NYC since 1879 and preparing people for work and independent livingErnie DesRochers New York City  
Coalition for the Homeless  Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Inc. provides critical assistance and diversion programs to the homeless.  They focus on housing, emergency services, and diversion to help families and individuals return to stable, permanent homes as quickly as possible.Melissa Marcolini-Quinn Orlando
Epic Empowerment mission is to end the cycle of poverty for children and families.  Their pillars for success include Housing, Food, Education and Employment.David Garfinkel St. Louis
Family Promise of Morris County  Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.Gary Cohen New Jersey
Mercy House House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabledMike Elmore Newport Beach
Mobile Loaves and Fishes provide food and clothing, cultivate community and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need.John Morran Austin
Open Doors Atlanta  Open Doors Atlanta connects non-profits that serve the homeless to apartment owners and operators who have agreed to accept the homeless into their apartments.  They have found housing for 7,200 homeless people since 2013Jason Nettles & Faron Thompson Atlanta
reStart, Inc.  
Programs and services for homeless individuals and families in the Kansas City communityGreg Duvall Kansas City
Room at the Inn  
Room at the Inn provides immediate, temporary shelter to homeless women and families in the St. Louis region. In addition, we work with them to create an individualized plan back to self-sufficiency, including referrals to other human services agencies. Then we mentor them to improve their chances for success.Jeff Chaney St. Louis