(Source: Fannie Mae) – WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae today announced it raised $4.5 million for Help the Homeless (HTH) and engaged more than 100,000 people in the first year of its transition from an annual walk on the National Mall to hundreds of community walks.  HTH remains the nation’s largest fundraising effort focused on homelessness.  The company expects to build on the success of the community walk model in 2013.  HTH was launched 25 years ago and since that time Fannie Mae has raised awareness of homelessness and distributed nearly $100 million to nonprofit partners.

This year, Fannie Mae continued its support for nonprofit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area and successfully introduced HTH in five new cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.  There were more than 700 walks in these communities, bringing together neighbors, Fannie Mae employees, and nonprofit organizations committed to ending the effects of homelessness on individuals and families.

“We are very pleased with the results of the HTH community walks which enable Fannie Mae to increase the scale of HTH across the country,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, Senior Director, Office of Community Investment and Engagement at Fannie Mae.  “We’re also pleased that our nonprofit partners successfully transitioned to the new model and found innovative ways to engage their communities.  We look forward to continuing our work around this critical issue in the year ahead.”

In Washington, Fannie Mae supported 76 nonprofit organizations as program beneficiaries committed to serving the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.  HTH also benefited nonprofits in communities where Fannie Mae employees live and work beyond Washington, such as:

Nicholas House in Atlanta, which operates a transitional housing shelter as well as apartment sites for homeless families.
Chicago’s Hesed House, which provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, services and permanent supportive housing programs to combat homelessness.
The Bridge, providing solutions for homelessness in Dallas and the surrounding region by developing, coordinating, and/or delivering shelter, homeless recovery, and housing services.
The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center, supporting our nation’s veterans in Philadelphia by eliminating barriers for successful transition and addressing needs for independent reintegration into their community.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Home Walk in Los Angeles, one of Southern California’s largest events raising funds to end homelessness.

Responses from Help the Homeless beneficiaries include:

“Demand for our services has increased three-fold in the last four years.  Without partners like the Help the Homeless Program we would not be able to serve these additional people,” said Michael Bartscherer, President, Martha’s Table.

“Partnering with Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless program has motivated involvement from many members of our business, residential, youth and faith based community to raise 37 percent of Georgetown Ministry Center’s annual income,” said Gunther Stern, Executive Director, Georgetown Ministry Center.

“The Help the Homeless program provides an indispensible opportunity for Stepping Stones Shelter to educate our Montgomery County community on our changing demographics and the increase in poverty and homelessness,” said Denise Fredericks, Executive Director, Stepping Stones Shelter.

HTH beneficiary organizations provide a range of services to children, families, and veterans facing homelessness including permanent affordable and supportive housing, emergency shelter, and homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing that allows clients to avoid homelessness.  Many beneficiary organizations offer support services such as food programs, case management, health care, child care, drug and alcohol treatment, job training and placement, housing counseling, financial skills training and more.

To learn more about Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program, please visit www.hthwalks.org.

About Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program:  The Help the Homeless (HTH) Program provides a fundraising model to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations working to prevent and end homelessness. Each year, tens of thousands of people get involved in the Program by participating in a HTH community walk, making a donation, being a sponsor, or volunteering their time to support organizations dedicated to serving homeless people. To learn more about HTH, please visit www.hthwalks.org.

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