Housing agency receives grant money

Opus Community Foundation has approved 34 grant awards to charitable organizations across Washington, California, Arizona and Oregon, including Shared Housing Services in Tacoma.

The grants were awarded to non-profits that strengthen and engage the communities through education, financial literacy, community health services, work readiness programs, and the arts.

Shared Housing Services is one of six agencies in Washington that received grants. The others are involved with college scholarships, housing and other services for low-income individuals and families.

Shared Housing Services works with low-income individuals and families to address homelessness, reduce dependence on public funds by providing low-cost housing alternatives, and help connect people to community resources. One of the organization’s programs, Adult Homesharing, focuses on the elderly and disabled.

Opus Community Foundation was established by Opus Bank in 2010 to stimulate economic change, promote reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen communities where the bank operates, according to Opus officials.