Women’s Veterans’ Housing Program

WOMAN, Inc. proposes to develop a 30 unit affordable housing project for women veterans with or without children who are suffering from sexual assault, post traumatic stress, and other military related incidents. WOMAN, Inc. will be the developer on the project and will assume full ownership and operations of the property.

We have prepared and submitted several grant requests to foundations and local government.

Impact of Hurricane Ike on Beacon Place in Galveston

On September 11, 2008, in preparation for arrival of Hurricane Ike on Galveston Island, all residents of Beacon Place were evacuated from the property by noon. The property consists of a community center and ten town homes. The majority of the residents stayed with friends and the remaining families were transported to Austin, Texas to a shelter. The property sustained mostly exterior damages to the roof, soffits and gutters, broken windows and a demolished shed. There was minor damage to the interior of the units consisting mostly of appliance replacement due to the electrical surges in the aftermath of the storm and flooring replacement.

WOMAN, Inc. reached out to the many philanthropic agencies and was rewarded with grants to provide relief to victims and sustain ongoing programmatic and operating support due to the financial burdens incurred after Hurricane Ike. The funds also assisted in the renovation of Beacon Place. On November 4, 2008, the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund Advisory Board awarded $31,000 to WOMAN, Inc. In January of 2009, we received a $10,000 grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation as well as a grant from the Wachovia Foundation in February in the amount of $10,000. We thank them for caring and sharing in our mission to provide safe, affordable housing to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and reside at Beacon Place.

Note: WOMAN, Inc. received funding from the Wachovia Foundation previously, $5,000 in 2007 and $10,000 in 2008.

WOMAN, Inc. Receives Award from the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund

The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund has deep roots in Galveston, where the family and its businesses have flourished, beginning with Harris Kempner’s arrival in 1868. The directors have always felt a strong commitment to address the needs of their home community. Annually more than 85% of the Fund’s grants are awarded to organizations that benefit the people of Galveston. The grants cover the broad areas of arts and historic preservation, community development, education, health and human services.

WOMAN, Inc.’s housing program was recognized by the Kempner Fund and awarded the following grants: $15,000 in 2006, $20,000 in 2007 and $20,000 in 2009.

WOMAN, Inc. Receives Award from the Simmons Foundation

The Simmons Foundation was established in 1993 by the granddaughter of L.B. and Ola Simmons as a tribute to their lifelong generostiy and commitment to helping others. The Foundation gives grants to public charitable organizations located primarily in anda round the greater Houston, Texas area.

WOMAN, Inc. has received funding from the Simmons Foundation in 2007 for the amount of $15,000 and in 2009 in the amount of $20,000.

WOMAN, Inc Receives Awards from Washington Mutual Foundation

Washington Mutual Foundation – The Washington Mutual Foundation invests in programs that build new housing, refurbish existing housing and revitalize neighborhoods. The Foundation gives millions of dollars each year to make long-term, safe, accessible and affordable housing available for low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

WOMAN, Inc.’s housing programs were recognized by Washington Mutual in 2002 as an integral part of the revitalization of the community and have been awarded funding over the past five years in the amount of $75,000.

WOMAN, Inc Receives Awards from the Swalm Foundation

Swalm Foundation – The Swalm Foundation is a nonprofit corporation operating as a private foundation which awards grants to human service organizations in Texas that serve the homeless; the educationally and economically disadvantaged; survivors of domestic violence; victims of child abuse and neglect; and the mentally or physically disabled.

The Foundation is especially interested in assisting organizations in parts of Texas that have very limited resources, including small towns and rural areas.

WOMAN, Inc. has been fortunate to receive funding from the Swalm Foundation over the past five years in the amount of $395,000.

WOMAN, Inc Receives Award from The Rockwell Fund

Rockwell Fund – The Rockwell Fund was established as a charitable trust in 1931 by James M. Rockwell. It was incorporated in Houston in 1949 to provide financial support for charitable, religious, civic, and medical activities.

Major contributions have been made to arts and culture, education, community improvement, health and human services, religion, and other charitable causes.No grants are given to individuals, and preference is given to Houston-area organizations.

In the past five years WOMAN, Inc. has been a recipient of grant funds from this foundation in the amount of $155,000.

WOMAN, Inc Receives Award from The Houston Endowment

Houston Endowment, Inc. – The Houston Endowment is a private philanthropic foundation that enriches communities by supporting a broad spectrum of charitable organizations. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enrich life for the people of Houston and Texas. The Foundation funds programs in the arts, community enhancement, health and human services, higher education, K-12 education and medicine.

The communities served may be as small as an inner-city neighborhood or as large as the entire state of Texas. The Foundation also supports diverse groups of people who form communities around a common interest or cause.

During the past five years WOMAN, Inc. has received funding for development, operations, and programmatic support amounting to $260,000.

RGK Foundation Awards WOMAN, Inc. Community Grant

The RGK Foundation endeavors to be a catalyst for progressive change in humanitarian concerns. Guiding the foundation is a deep reverence for democracy and a civil society together with the founder’s values of foresight, imagination and discovery. By seeking innovative projects, without geographical limitations, the areas of health, education, human services and community affairs, the Foundation strives to advance knowledge, improve society and help realize human potential at home and abroad.

WOMAN, Inc. was a recipient of a community grant award of $150,000 in 2000-2001.

Fannie Mae Maxwell Award Given to WOMAN, Inc.

In 1988, to commemorate Fannie Mae’s 50th anniversary, the Fannie Mae Foundation announced the Awards of Excellence Program, which seeks to encourage and recognize nonprofit organizations working to develop and maintain housing for low-income Americans. The program also is intended to encourage more corporations and foundations to be involved as funding and/or investment partners. The Awards were named in honor of David O. Maxwell, who retired in 1991 after ten years of service as chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae and the Foundation.

The Fannie Mae Foundation made grants of $35,000 each to six nonprofit organizations recommended by an independent advisory committee as having produced the best examples of low-income housing projects during the 12-month eligibility period. WOMAN, Inc. was one of the six nationally recognized nonprofit organizations. In addition, fourteen finalists received grants of $7,500 each and thirty-five organizations were recognized as honorable mentions at $2,000 each. In total, the Fannie Mae Foundation funded 55 grants totaling $385,000 in the eleventh annual Maxwell Awards program.

One hundred and nine organizations from across the country submitted applications for projects that were placed into services between July 1, 1997 and June 30, 1998. The applications were evaluated in three categories: homeownership, rental, and special needs housing.