Annual match fund inspires record pledges for Austin’s affordable housing crisis
AUSTIN, TX — Realty Austin and Foundation Communities are pleased to announce results of their 2017 match fund partnership. Together they celebrate over $1 million in total funds pledged with the help of Realty Austin’s $75,000 match fund.
Since 2012, Realty Austin has provided $360,000 for the annual match fund which has inspired 639 new homebuilders resulting in over 4 million dollars in multi-year pledges. 100% of the dollars pledged will support Foundation Communities programs for education, financial stability, and healthy living programs that serve more than 20,000 people, residents, and neighbors.
Yvette Boatwright, co-owner of Realty Austin said, “Our work is not done. Foundation Communities provides a safe place to call home for more than 6,000 individuals every night, but there are still 50,000 families in Austin who need affordable housing. Our Realty Austin team is proud to pay it forward in support of their work.”
Realty Austin agents who served as Table Hosts for this year’s annual fundraising event were Jeffrey Schnabel, Joe and Cara Keenan, and Ashley Brinkman. Joining the growing roster of Realty Austin agents who support Foundation Communities were Gigi McClaskey, Kelvin Glover, Nick Easley, Aaron Nann, Kristen Fojtik, Adam Zell, Drew Bouffard, Rob Kellogg, and Jenny Walker.
Over the last four years, 111 Realty Austin agents have served in meaningful roles and inspired others to get involved; introduced over 365 new friends to Foundation Communities; contributed over $277,000 in individual gifts; served 700 healthy meals at quarterly supper clubs; fulfilled holiday wish lists for 18 extremely low-income families; delivered over 362 backpacks for the children in the after-school programs; and developed lasting relationships with residents. 16 Realty Austin agents have gone above and beyond and hosted Open Houses, inviting 109 of their friends to see the work of Foundation Communities in action.
Walter Moreau, Executive Director of Foundation Communities, said, “We are so thankful to Realty Austin for their incredibly generous partnership and shared commitment to making sure people from all walks of life have a place to call home here in Austin. Foundation Communities relies on big-hearted, forward-thinking community members to achieve our mission. Realty Austin is an essential part of that equation.”
Foundation Communities brings awareness and solutions to Austin’s affordable housing crisis. Since opening its doors in 1990, the local nonprofit has helped over 6,000 families and individuals find a home and a better quality of life within its 23 affordable housing communities.
Jonathan Boatwright, co-owner of Realty Austin said, “Foundation Communities has accomplished impressive results since they began their mission with 150 apartments 27 years ago. Their model of housing plus support services provides real multi-family solutions and we are proud to continue our investment in the future of Austin communities.”
Donate online at foundcom.org, or contact Alyssa Gooch at 512.610.4006 or Alyssa.Gooch@foundcom.org. Checks accepted at Foundation Communities 3036 S 1st Street, Austin, Texas 78704.
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