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COMMUNITY OF HOPE IS SELECTED BY BEZOS DAY 1 FAMILIES FUND AS ONE OF 24 INITIAL NONPROFITS WORKING ACROSS THE U.S. TO ADDRESS FAMILY HOMELESSNESS.
Funds will support the organization’s comprehensive work to end family homelessness in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, November 20, 2018 – Today, Community of Hope (COH) announced it will receive one of the Day 1 Families Fund’s first investments. The one-time $5 million grant will be expended over the next four years to support Community of Hope’s work to end family homelessness in Washington, D.C.
The funds will allow Community of Hope to expand and deepen its full range of services for families experiencing homelessness, and to address the urgent needs of family homelessness in a way that provides long-term change. In 2018, Community of Hope projects serving about 1,200 families through programs that prevent and end homelessness.
“This generosity from the Day 1 Families Fund comes at a critical moment when our city is making strides in reducing family homelessness. But there is still more work to be done,” said Community of Hope President and CEO Kelly Sweeney McShane. “We applaud Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ focus on family homelessness and hope others will follow their leadership in supporting work to end homelessness in our nation’s capital.”
In the first year, funds from the grant will be used to expand Community of Hope’s homelessness prevention program and support its expansion into the new short-term family housing site, The Triumph, in early December. Additionally, funds will be used to fill gaps related to COH’s permanent housing programs and to support immediate needs for families such as school uniforms, credit repair, and one-time financial assistance in getting families settled in housing. Not only will these funds increase the number of people served, but they will allow the organization to strategically partner on innovative ways to meet the needs of families who are experiencing homelessness.
Community of Hope 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 COMMUNITY OF HOPE
Founded in 1980, Community of Hope is a rapidly growing, innovative, and mission-driven nonprofit. Our team of about 250 caring, dedicated staff members provides housing, healthcare and supportive services for low-income families in Washington, DC. We work to end and prevent family homelessness in Washington, DC and are the only nonprofit in DC providing all services along the homelessness continuum, having impacted 1,045 families in 2017. Our services include homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing (a short-term rental subsidy and case management support) and permanent supportive housing (a long-term rental subsidy and case management support). In July 2018, the National Alliance to End Homelessness recognized Community of Hope with the Excellence in Ending Family Homelessness Nonprofit Sector Award. The recognition was granted to COH, government and private partners in Washington, DC as the city has reduced family homelessness by 38% since 2016. We also operate three community health centers, offering medical, dental and emotional wellness as well as extensive patient supportive services which will reach over 12,000 people in 2018.