Jeff Bezos' Day One Fund Gives $97.5 Million To 24 Different Homeless Charities

By on December 3, 2018 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is by most measures the richest man in recent memory, and he can certainly afford to give back in a big way, even compared to other billionaires. To that end, he recently announced a robust lineup of 24 different financial grants to 24 different organizations combating homelessness and/or helping the homeless population, totaling some $97.5 million in all.

The grants have been made through Bezos' "Day One Fund," established by Bezos in September of this year to help out the causes of both education, through the Day 1 Academies Fund, and homelessness, through the Day 1 Families Fund. The recently announced grants obviously pertained to the latter, with the recipients of the grants spanning 16 US states as well as Washington DC. Here's an excerpt from Bezos' press release on the grants, discussing what all of these organizations are going to do with the money:

"These 24 organizations are working on a number of initiatives that support families in need – from emergency shelter and safe short-term shelter for families to get on their feet, to access and support for permanent housing and support services that help families move forward together. We hope these grants provide the additional resources these leaders and their organizations need to expand the scope and impact of their efforts."

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The grants themselves are between $2.5 million and $5 million each. Here's the complete list of this year's awardees:

Abode Services, Fremont, CA • $5 million

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA • $5 million

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Miami, FL • $5 million

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Tacoma, WA • $5 million

Community of Hope, Washington, DC • $5 million

Community Rebuilders, Grand Rapids, MI • $5 million

Crossroads Rhode Island, Providence, RI • $5 million

District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), Washington, DC • $2.5 million

Emerald Development and Economic Network, Cleveland, OH • $2.5 million

FrontLine Service, Cleveland, OH • $2.5 million

Hamilton Families, San Francisco, CA • $2.5 million

Heartland Family Service, Omaha, NE • $5 million

Housing Families First, Henrico, VA • $2.5 million

JOIN, Portland, OR • $5 million

LA Family Housing, North Hollywood, CA • $5 million

Northern Virginia Family Service, Oakton, VA • $2.5 million

Primo Center for Women and Children, Chicago, IL • $2.5 million

Refugee Women's Alliance, Seattle, WA • $2.5 million

SEARCH Homeless Services, Houston, TX • $5 million

Simpson Housing Services, Minneapolis, MN • $2.5 million

The Salvation Army, Center of Hope, Charlotte, NC • $5 million

The Salvation Army of Greater Houston, Houston, TX • $5 million

UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix, AZ • $5 million

Urban Resource Institute, New York, NY • $5 million