Foundations, Onward EP collaborate on homelessness effort

The Edina Realty Foundation, the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, and Onward Eden Prairie are collaborating to provide $9,000 to help precariously housed young adults in 2021.

The funds will pay for stable housing and support services for young-adult residents of the Onward House, which is run by the nonprofit Onward Eden Prairie.

Edina Realty Foundation and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation are each granting $3,000 and Onward Eden Prairie is using support from individual and family donors to create their own $3,000 share.

Both foundations have identified stable housing as one of the community’s biggest needs. The Edina Realty Foundation grant was requested through the Edina Realty Eden Prairie Office and the Community Foundation grant comes from its COVID-19 Response Fund.

Onward House was opened by Onward Eden Prairie in November 2018. The home offers young adults experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity a private bedroom, comfortable shared community space, and the support needed to move forward – such as finding and maintaining employment or completing or enrolling in school.

For more information about the collaboration, contact Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, at [email protected] or (952) 949-8499. More about Onward Eden Prairie is at www.onwardep.org. You can learn about the Edina Realty Foundation at www.edinarealty.com.

About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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