Tony Martinez, President and CEO of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, delivered a check in the amount of $10,000. This is the second installment of a two-year grant to fund the Flexible Rental Assistance Program (FRAP). FRAP aims to assist low-income individuals facing housing emergencies that dictate immediate action to avoid homelessness, to re-establish a home, or to prevent evictions. Research proves keeping people in their homes is the most cost-effective and humane way to assist them from becoming homeless. FRAP does not have the strict eligibility restrictions or complex enrollment process of many public funding sources, allowing us to assist those who might otherwise fall through the cracks.
The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation manages nearly $33 million in assets and receives gifts from individuals, families, and organizations interested in how he/she/they want to complete the sentence, “I want to make a difference in the world by___________.” They also link non-profit organizations with similar goals, providing networking and relationship-building opportunities within the community and provide legacy grants and special Communityworks grants.
We are grateful to Tony Martinez, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Trust, and their donors for supporting Housing Forward in our common vision of a vibrant, sustainable and caring community.