Monday, April 22, 2024

Good Shepherd awards $10K toward affordable housing initiative

WILMINGTON — A local nonprofit has received a grant toward its affordable housing efforts.

The Bank of America Foundation awarded Good Shepherd — homeless service provider in the Cape Fear region — $10,000 in response to a request for proposals for affordable housing.

The funds will be used for operational support including case management and assistance finding shelter for homeless individuals.

“Without these funds, we struggle to provide the intensive combination of support necessary to return homeless adults and children to housing and ensure they remain housed,” Good Shepherd executive director Katrina Knight said in a press release. “The Bank of America Foundation has enabled Good Shepherd to become a different kind of shelter — one that goes beyond emergency services to make a lasting difference in the lives of our neighbors in crisis.”

The Bank of American Foundation — with an added mission to address economic and social progress by partnering with nonprofits — has worked with Good Shepherd since 2005, resulting in hundreds of unsheltered individuals finding housing. Previous grants from the Foundation have supported basic needs, such as food and shelter, rapid rehousing programs, Covid-related funding and operational support.

“The generosity of the Bank of America Foundation is extraordinarily important to our mission,” Knight said in the release. “We are proud, thanks to partners like the Bank of America Foundation, to remain at the forefront of best practices including lowering barriers, rapid rehousing, housing first and permanent supportive housing initiatives.”

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