Local nonprofit receives $2.5 million grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ “Day 1 Families Fund”

Local nonprofit receives $2.5 million grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ “Day 1 Families Fund”

The grant from the founder of Amazon and his wife will help nearly 500 children and adults exit homelessness into permanent housing over the next four years.

Local nonprofit Housing Families First announced last week that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund, which will help nearly 500 children and adults exit homelessness into permanent housing over the next four years.

Funding from this grant also will provide space and furnishings for an additional 160 family members to access emergency shelter over the same period. Critical to this expansion are shelter modifications and upgrades made possible by the grant.

“This investment from the Day 1 Families Fund will transform not only the lives of literally hundreds of families who will be able to quickly move out of shelters and the streets into permanent homes, but also the long-term effectiveness of homeless services for families throughout the Richmond region,” said Beth Vann-Turnbull, Executive Director of Housing Families First. “We could not be more honored, humbled, and excited about this amazing opportunity from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.”

Housing Families First is one of 24 nonprofits to receive the first Day 1 Families Fund grants, totaling $97.5 million.

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.

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