The Bezos Day One Fund, a $2 billion philanthropic fund launched in September by Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, has announced grants totaling $97.5 million to twenty-four nonprofits working to support homeless families in need.
Awarded through the Day 1 Families Fund, one of the Day One Fund's two programs, the grants will support the efforts of organizations working to provide emergency and safe short-term shelter for vulnerable families, access to permanent housing, and wraparound support services. Grant recipients include Abode Services (Fremont, California; $5 million), Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (Louisiana; $5 million), Community Rebuilders (Grand Rapids, Michigan; $5 million), the District Alliance for Safe Housing (Washington, D.C.; $2.5 million), FrontLine Service (Cleveland, Ohio; $2.5 million), Northern Virginia Family Service (Oakton, Virginia; $2.5 million), Refugee Women's Alliance (Seattle, Washington; $2.5 million), and the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte (North Carolina; $5 million).
In addition to the Day 1 Families Fund, which provides grants to nonprofits working to address homelessness, the Bezos Day One Fund includes the Day 1 Academies Fund, which, when fully operational, will fund efforts to build a network of preschools in low-income communities.
"This grant is a game-changer for the services we can provide to the city and its residents," said Koube Ngaaje, executive director of the District Alliance for Safe Housing. "DASH currently provides 50 percent of the city's safe housing units. In 2017, 43 percent of unmet requests from D.C. domestic violence survivors were for housing. This funding will help ensure we move even closer to meeting the needs of our residents — and all survivors in the D.C. metro area — so that no survivor ever has to go without a safe place to sleep."