The Bezos Day One Fund, a $2 billion philanthropic fund launched in 2018 by Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his then-wife, MacKenzie, has announced grants totaling $98.5 million to nonprofits working to assist families in need.
Awarded through the Day 1 Families Fund, one of the philanthropy's two programs, the grants will support the efforts of thirty-two nonprofits across twenty-three states working to provide shelter and support for young families experiencing homelessness. Recipients include Bethany House Services in Cincinnati ($1.25 million), Catholic Social Services Alaska in Anchorage ($5 million), FamilyAid Boston ($5 million), HOPE Services Hawaii in Hilo ($2.75 million), the Metropolitan Inter Faith Association (MIFA) in Memphis ($5 million), St. Joseph Center in Venice, California ($5 million), St. Stephen's Human Services in Minneapolis ($5 million), and the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness in Bridgeport ($1.5 million).
"We are incredibly grateful to the Day 1 Families Fund," said Annie Wells, director of family programs at St. Stephen's Human Services. "We believe housing is a basic human right. That's why we serve families in need, regardless of criminal or rental history, mental health challenges, and/or chemical use — we know that every family deserves a safe place to call home, and this grant will help us make that true for more families in the Twin Cities."