Chase Awards Southwest Solutions $330,000 To Help Struggling Families

December 17th, 2010
Housing Opportunity Center

Chase has awarded Southwest Solutions $330,000 in grants to support three of our programs that help families keep their homes, teach their children, and climb the economic ladder.

“JPMorgan Chase wants to make a difference in southwest Detroit through philanthropy,” said Sarah McClelland, president of the Michigan market for Chase.  “It’s important to support organizations like Southwest Solutions that give vitality to the community and serve critical community needs.”

The Housing Opportunity Center (HOC) received $230,000 to support its foreclosure intervention services in southwest Detroit and the North End. The one-year grant will enable the HOC to double the number of households it will assist in those neighborhoods that are facing foreclosure, says Hector Hernandez, director of the HOC.

With the Chase grant, and working in partnership with Vanguard Community Development Corporation, the HOC expects to help more than 1200 homeowners in these two neighborhoods next year. The HOC’s foreclosure intervention counseling program is recognized as one of the most effective in the nation.

The Center for Working Families, based at the HOC, received $50,000 to support its multiple services that help low-income families manage their finances, access benefits, develop educational and employment opportunities, and build wealth.

“The Chase grants will allow us to significantly expand our efforts to stabilize neighborhoods and uplift families,” says Tim Thorland, director of Southwest Housing Solutions.

Chase awarded $50,000 to our Family Literacy initiative to help support the English Language Learners Program (ELLP) at the Academy of the Americas and an evening family literacy program. The evening program is called the Chase Family Literacy Program because of Chase’s ongoing and essential support.

“In a community where the low literacy level of parents impairs the ability of their children to do well in school, we are very fortunate to have Chase as a partner to help change this situation,” said Donna Cielma, director of Children, Youth and Families at Southwest Solutions.

“The funding that Chase provides helps support two family literacy programs that together serve 41 adults and their children. These programs not only teach English to adults, they also teach adults to provide literacy-rich environments for children so that the children can be successful in school.”

Chase announced the grant awards at a news conference on Friday, December 17. In total, Chase awarded $3.2 million to 40 different organizations working in Detroit.

Read the press release from Chase about the grant awards.

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