Homie Donates $100,000 to Valley of the Sun United Way
By Lisa Padilla -
Thursday Oct 22, 2020
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.
â€œWhen the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting our community, we wanted to do something impactful to give back to those who needed urgent support,â€ said Joshua Miller, General Manager at Homie Arizona â€œThis 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.â€
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, utility assistance, food insecurity, employment, and behavioral health services. Organizations benefited include:
Native American Connections
Save the Family
Chicanos Por La Casa (CPLC)
Tempe Community Action Agency
International Rescue Committee
Phoenix Indian Center
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Greater Phoenix community in a number of ways. Chicanos Por La Causa is a critical organization supporting local families that works with the United Way.
â€œThe vital role of Chicanos Por La Causa in helping people and communities is now even more pronounced than ever,â€ said Genaro Ruiz from Chicanos Por La Causa â€œJust 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 eleven with one on the way, and a single income household, the food pantry helps them stay afloat. We provide them with milk, cereal, bread, produce, and moreâ€
â€œIf it wasnâ€™t for Chicanos Por La Causa, I would be struggling to put food on the table for our family,â€ said Mrs. Barrios.
Chicanos Por La Causa has also helped families with the APS bill and rental assistance, access to computers for kids who are distance learning, academic classes for high school students, training for displaced workers, meetings for support groups, parenting classes, housing and financial counseling, among many others services.
This is just one example of the support that these organizations provide to the community.
Homie is more than a real estate company. The company prides itself on the customer service it provides, the money it helps homeowners and buyers save, and the support for the community through giving back.