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Abode Services Among First to Receive
Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $97.5 million to 24 nonprofits across the U.S. working on family homelessness
Fremont, Calif. - November 20, 2018: Today, Abode Services announced it is receiving a $5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund to support the organization's efforts to provide housing, wraparound services, employment, and financial counseling to five counties in the Bay Area, including Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Napa. Abode Services is one of the first organization to receive an investment from the Day 1 Families Fund, created by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to support organizations addressing family homelessness.
"The solution is within our reach," said Louis Chicoine, executive director of Abode Services. "This grant moves Abode that much closer to accomplishing its goals: providing a home to everyone who doesn’t have one, and ensuring that families in need remain in stable, safe housing."
Founded in 1989, the organization has become one of the Bay Area's most effective nonprofits in ending cycles of homelessness through the "Housing First" approach, emphasizing permanent housing as the foundation of life stability. Each year, Abode reaches more than 8,000 people — including veterans, families, and youth — from all different age groups and backgrounds.
Abode Services is one of 24 nonprofits to receive the first Day 1 Families Fund grants, totaling $97.5 million. Recipients from around the country include: Abode Services, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Community of Hope, Community Rebuilders, Crossroads Rhode Island, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), Emerald Development & Economic Network (EDEN) Inc., FrontLine Service, Hamilton Families, Heartland Family Service, Housing Families First, JOIN, LA Family Housing (LAFH), Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), Primo Center for Women and Children, Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), SEARCH Homeless Services, Simpson Housing Services, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston, UMOM New Day Centers and Urban Resource Institute (URI).
Founded by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, the Bezos Day One Fund consists of two programs: the Day 1 Families Fund that provides grants to nonprofit organizations fighting homelessness, and the Day 1 Academies Fund that will fund and build a network of pre-schools in low-income communities across the country. The Day 1 Families Fund’s vision comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child should sleep outside. A small group of expert advisors provided input to the Bezos Day One Fund team to select these organizations. The Day 1 Families Fund will be awarding grants annually. For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.
About Abode Services
Abode Services' mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing; and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness. We develop and implement innovative programs to end homelessness. Our agency is built on the principles of "Housing First," a proven approach that has demonstrated results far superior to the traditional approaches to homelessness. For more information on Abode Services, visit abodeservices.org.