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    Women’s Foundation Honored for Philanthropy

    The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council on Foundations for its philanthropic efforts.
    The foundation is one of 10 recipients of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, which honors philanthropic organizations for their innovative public-private efforts designed to address housing and community-development challenges. The Women’s Foundation joined forces with the city of Memphis, the Memphis Housing Authority and national nonprofit Urban Strategies to implement Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE, a public-philanthropic partnership aimed at breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty for Memphians.
    Since 2004, the partnership has secured $88 million in grant funds under HUD’s HOPE VI program for the community revitalization of three public housing locations – Lamar Terrace/University Place, Dixie Homes/Legends Park and Cleaborn Homes/Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing. The transformation of the city’s’ languishing public housing became the signature project of the partnership.
    The Women’s Foundation raised and leveraged partnerships totaling more than $22.2 million in public and private resources over the past seven years to build a two-generation model for community support services for women and children.