Cooper Housing Institute Combats Homelessness with $150K in Grants

- Press Release

Cooper Housing Institute Combats Homelessness with $150K in Grants

The Cooper Housing Institute, a nonprofit organization that aims to fund research, education and programs related to housing challenges in the United States, has awarded $50,000 in individual grants to South County Outreach, Mercy House and Illumination Foundation, totaling $150,000. These grants are part of a program by the Cooper Housing Institute to fund community-based organizations in Orange County to address housing crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic. They follow a similar $50,000 grant made to Family Assistance Ministries in July.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic even began, many adults and children throughout Orange County were already fighting to keep a roof over their head and food on their table,” said Cooper Housing Institute Co-Founder Will Cooper Jr. “We are proud to present three deserving nonprofit organizations with grants to support a cause that we have been championing for decades – the fight to end homelessness.”

Co-Founder Will Cooper Sr. added, “The Cooper Housing Institute is passionate about making housing a priority in the United States and believes that every person should have a place they can afford to call home. Our organization understands the importance of programs like those provided by Illumination Foundation, Mercy House and South County Outreach, and are appreciative of the hard work they put in day-in and day-out to help those in our community who are in need.”

For more than 30 years, South County Outreach has been a leader in the fight to end hunger and homelessness in Orange County. Through the implementation of programs like its Transitional Housing Program for homeless families, along with its Food Pantry, which distributes more than 800,000 pounds of food and keeps nearly 2,500 children fed each year, South County Outreach is doing what it does best — housing hope and ending hunger, together.

Mercy House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled. The organization strives to assist residents in the areas of economic, emotional, and spiritual well-being in order to enhance self-esteem and a sense of personal pride.

Illumination Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless adults and children in order to disrupt the cycle of homelessness. The organization assesses clients in order to identify needs and provide immediate relief when necessary, followed by care that combines housing assistance, case management, medical care, mental health services, and workforce training and placement services to decrease community dependency.