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Funders Support Compass Affordable Housing During COVID Pandemic

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” Gertrude Stein

Compass Affordable Housing, like many local nonprofits, has experienced overwhelming challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In order to continue to provide quality affordable housing and support services for our tenants and participants, we have reached out to local foundations who are providing flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona serving individuals and families impacted by this outbreak.  We would like to thank the following foundations for their generous support during these trying times.

THANK YOU SUNDT FOUNDATION!!! We are so grateful to the generous people at the Sundt Foundation – and our very own Sundt Construction, Inc. here in Tucson – for their grant award in support of housing stability services to residents at Compass Affordable Housing!

We’re grateful for first-time support from the Mulcahy Foundation, housed within the Lohse Foundation, for helping us stabilize low income and homeless individuals and families in quality housing during the Covid-19 pandemic. John A. “Jack” Mulcahy was a local businessman who owned and operated the Mulcahy Lumber Company, established in 1925. He was a civic leader and served on many nonprofit boards.
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has taken action to help people during COVID that is remarkable and significant. They are literally helping hundreds and hundreds of people, including children and the most vulnerable. We are honored to have been considered and selected for funding. What CFSA is doing is commendable. This is what community leadership looks like!

Compass Affordable Housing Donates Food

In order to observe social distancing, we had to suspend Your Healthy Home Market* temporarily. During this time, we are delivering the food typically distributed on market day door-to-door to tenants and to a local soup kitchen and a women’s shelter that are feeding many people needing nutritious food.

*What is the Your Healthy Home Market?

The Your Healthy Home Market (YHHM) is an exciting monthly event that gives tenants access to healthy produce, grains, protein and herbs. As part of each YHHM, we offer nutrition classes that teach tenants how to plan a healthier diet, shop and stretch their food budgets, store and cook fresh produce, enjoy easy, healthy exercise, etc. At the end of each monthly nutrition class, our tenants “shop” for free, healthy food at the market.

Any Support You Can Give Will Be Appreciated

While we continue to help our people through these rough days, we really need your financial support.  The work has not been easy, and our staff has been incredible at adapting and staying involved. We have had to get creative but, with your help, WE CAN DO THIS!  

We also need a wide assortment of items to help tenants and  struggling with job loss, furloughs, or medical expenses:

Personal Items – soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, toothbrushes, female sanitary supplies, toilet paper and paper towels

Cleaning Supplies – disinfectant solutions, broom/dust pans, mops, buckets, floor cleaners, trash cans, rubber gloves, cleaning rags

Baby Supplies – diapers, baby wipes, baby soaps, bibs, baby blankets, baby shampoos, baby food

Food – Nonperishables and bags to deliver door-to-door

IRS Announces New Tax Advantages for Donors

Great news! There is a new financial incentive for Americans to give generously to qualifying charities, including Compass Affordable Housing. The new universal tax break for charitable donations was included in the final $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package and will go into effect starting with the 2020 tax year. The measure grants taxpayers an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations given in 2020. So, for folks who take the standard deduction, if you give $300 to charity, you should get the $300 tax break in addition to the standard deduction. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this “above-the-line” opportunity and give to Compass Affordable Housing during the unprecedented COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Here is the break down for those taking standard deductions, itemized deductions and corporate giving:

  1. Standard Deduction:

For people who take the standard deduction, the CARES ACT allows you to take a tax deduction for contributions up to $300 per year starting in 2020 – this deduction is “above-the-line.” The 2020 Standard deduction is $12,400 for individuals and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly, therefore any donation to qualifying charities of up to $300 will be added to the standard rate of deduction. This deduction is here for 2020 and beyond.

  1. Itemized Deduction:

For people who file for itemized deductions, the CARES ACT allows you to take a tax deduction of up to 100% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for contributions to qualifying charities starting in 2020. The new law temporarily lifts the limits on charitable giving from 60% of a taxpayer’s AGI to 100% for 2020.

  1. Corporate Donations:

For corporate donors, the CARES ACT allows an entity to take a tax deduction of up to 25% of their Adjusted Tax Income for contributions to qualifying charities starting in 2020. The new law temporarily lifts the limits from 10% of adjusted taxable income to 25% for 2020.

Our Doors are Open!

 

These are confusing, anxiety-filled, and uncertain times for all of us. But this does not mean that the important work of Compass Affordable Housing has stopped.  Our services just look a little different during this time of uneasiness. Here is what we are doing to serve our tenants and Community Housing participants during this pandemic:

 

  1. We are not evicting tenants who lose their jobs from CAH-owned communities!  Our mission is to help people build housing stability and we stand by that.
  2. Where possible, we have implemented no-contact food delivery to low-income households.
  3. While maintaining our social distance, we are hosting daily phone contact with tenants and households we serve in all of our programs to provide resources and encouragement.
  4. We are advocating for Community Housing participants living in other complexes with landlords and employers.
  5. We are proactively reaching out to CAH tenants, Community Housing participants and former clients with crisis resources and information updates.
  6. We are collaborating with other community organizations to assist as many people as possible.
  7. In order to observe social distancing, we had to suspend Your Healthy Home Market* temporarily. During this time, we are delivering the food typically distributed to tenants on market day to a local soup kitchen and a women’s shelter that feed the many they serve each day.

 

*What is the Your Healthy Home Market?

 

The Your Healthy Home Market (YHHM) is an exciting monthly event that gives tenants access to healthy produce, grains, protein and herbs. As part of each YHHM, we offer nutrition classes that teach tenants how to plan a healthier diet, shop and stretch their food budgets, store and cook fresh produce, enjoy easy, healthy exercise, etc. At the end of each monthly nutrition class, our tenants “shop” for free, healthy food at the market.

Compass Affordable Housing

48 N Tucson Blvd. #102
Tucson, AZ 85716

infoCAH@compassaffordablehousing.org

(520) 305-4724