The Bezos Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to help families experiencing homelessness—including those who are unsheltered or staying in shelters—regain safe, stable housing and achieve well-being. The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside.

Since 2018, the Day 1 Families Fund has issued 208 leadership awards totaling $639.1 million to organizations in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

See stories of how Day 1 Families Fund grantees—including three 2023 recipients who previously received funds—have made an impact.

2023 Day 1 Families Fund Advisors

The Day 1 Families Fund would like to thank the below leaders working to end family homelessness for sharing their expertise during the grantee selection process:

Samantha Batko, Urban Institute

Iain DeJong, OrgCode Consulting Inc.

David Dirks, Homebase

Maseta Dorley, The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)

Andrew Johnson, The Corporation for Supportive Housing

Tiffney Marley, Community Action Partnership

Darlene Mathews, Darlene Mathews Inc.

Ann Oliva, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness (retired)

Mandy Chapman Semple, Clutch Consulting Group

Suzanne Wagner, Housing Innovations

Michele Salters Williams, Michele S. Williams, LLC

Donald Whitehead, National Coalition for the Homeless

2023 Day 1 Families Fund Awardees

We are excited to announce the sixth annual Day 1 Families Fund leadership awards. These 38 recipients from 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will receive immediate donations totaling $117.55 million to continue their compassionate, needle-moving work to help families move from unsheltered homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they require to achieve stability. We’re thrilled to have grantees in three new states this year: Arkansas, Vermont, and Wyoming.

Abode Services, Fremont, CA • $5 million

American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC), Minneapolis, MN • $5 million

ARVAC Inc., Russellville, AR • $1.25 million

BronxWorks, New York, NY • $5 million

Bolivar County Community Action Agency, Inc., Cleveland, MS • $1.25 million

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

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

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, VT • $5 million

Community Action Partnership of Kern, Bakersfield, CA • $5 million

Community of Hope, Inc, Washington, DC • $3.75 million

Council for the Homeless, Vancouver, WA • $5 million

Crossroads Rhode Island, Providence, RI • $5 million

Everyone Home DC, Washington, DC • $2.5 million

Family Promise of Athens, Athens, GA • $400,000

Family Promise of Cheyenne, Cheyenne, WY • $150,000

Family Promise of the Triangle, Raleigh, NC • $1 million

Family Service Lincoln, Lincoln, NE • $2.5 million

Hogar Ruth para Mujeres Maltratadas, Inc., Vega Alta, PR • $2.5 million

Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina, Boone, NC • $2.5 million

Interfaith Community Services, Escondido, CA • $5 million

Ka Mana O Na Helu, Pearl City, HI • $2.5 million

La Fondita de Jesús, San Juan, PR • $2.5 million

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Salem, OR • $5 million

Native American Connections, Phoenix, AZ • $5 million

Neighborhood Place of Puna, Puna, HI • $2.5 million

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority, Ukiah, CA • $2.5 million

Primavera Foundation, Tucson, AZ • $5 million

Shelter House, Inc, Fairfax, VA • $2.5 million

Stewpot Community Services, Inc., Jackson, MS • $1.25 million

Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Fort Worth, TX • $2.5 million

Temporary Emergency Services, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL • $1 million

The Salvation Army, Fort Myers Area Command, Fort Myers, FL • $2.5 million

The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte, NC • $3.75 million

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

United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. (UCAP), Capitol Heights, MD • $1.25 million

United Way of Yellowstone County, Billings, MT • $2.5 million

Wisconsin Balance of State CoC, Eau Claire, WI • $1.25 million

YWCA Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH • $1.25 million

Meet a few of our grantees

2022 Day 1 Families Fund Awardees

The 2022 awardees included 40 organizations from 26 states and Puerto Rico that support families experiencing homelessness. They received $123.45 million in funding to help end homelessness for families in their communities.

Carpenter's Shelter, Alexandria, VA • $2.5 million

CATCH, Inc., Boise, ID • $1.25 million

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ • $5 million

The Center for Women and Families, Louisville, KY • $2.5 million

Changing Homelessness, Jacksonville, FL • $2.5 million

Chapman Partnership, Miami, FL • $5 million

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Houston, TX • $5 million

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc., San Luis Obispo, CA • $5 million

Community Services & Employment Training (CSET), Visalia, CA • $2.5 million

Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), Austin, TX • $2.5 million

Family Promise of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI • $2.5 million

Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, Wilmington, DE • $1.25 million

Family Services of Tulare County, Visalia, CA • $2.5 million

Flagstaff Shelter Services, Flagstaff, AZ • $2.5 million

Gateway180, St. Louis, MO • $1.25 million

Heartland Alliance, Chicago, IL • $2.5 million

H.O.M.E. Inc., Orland, ME • $600,000

Homeless Alliance, Oklahoma City, OK • $2.5 million

Hope House of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI • $2.5 million

Housing First, Inc., Mobile, AL • $5 million

Housing Forward, Dallas, TX • $1.25 million

HRDC, Bozeman, MT • $5 million

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Inc., Wailuku, HI • $5 million

LA Family Housing, Los Angeles, CA • $5 million

Mother Nation: Honoring the Beauty and Strength of Native Families, Seattle, WA • $600,000

Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Inc., Nashua, NH • $1.25 million

New Reach, New Haven, CT • $2.5 million

Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, SD • $5 millionPartners for HOME, Atlanta, GA • $2.5 million

PATH, Los Angeles, CA • $5 million

The Salvation Army, Denver Metro Area, Denver, CO • $5 million

Samish Indian Nation, Anacortes, WA • $5 million

San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness, San Diego, CA • $5 million

Sojourner Truth House, Gary, IN • $1.25 million

Solo Por Hoy, Inc., San Juan, PR • $1 million

Start Corporation, Houma, LA • $5 million

Strategies to End Homelessness, Cincinnati, OH • $5 million

The Wellspring, Monroe, LA • $1.25 million

YWCA Cass Clay, Fargo, ND • $2.5 million

YWCA Missoula’s Housing Programs, Missoula, MT • $2.5 million

Meet a few of our grantees

2021 Day 1 Families Fund Awardees

The 2021 awardees included 32 organizations in 21 states that provide services to families experiencing homelessness. They received donations totaling $96.2 million to help families connect with safe shelter and services they need to achieve stability.

ACLAMO, Norristown, PA • $1.25 million

Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth, FL • $5 million

Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., Montgomery, AL • $1.25 million

All Chicago Making Homelessness History, Chicago, IL • $5 million

Asian Americans for Community Involvement, San Jose, CA • $2.5 million

Building Changes and Africatown International, Seattle, WA • $5 million

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, CA • $5 million

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver, CO • $5 million

Covenant House Alaska, Anchorage, AK • $1.25 million

Destination: Home, San Jose, CA • $5 million

Doorways, Arlington, VA • $2.5 million

Family Life Center, Kahului, HI • $2.5 million

Family Service League, Huntington, NY • $1.25 million

Friends of the Family, Waterloo, IA • $2.5 million

Homeless Action Network of Detroit, Detroit, MI • $1.25 million

Homeward, Richmond, VA • $2.5 million

LifeMoves, Menlo Park, CA • $5 million

Lubbock Open Door, Lubbock, TX • $1 million

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, Las Cruces, NM • $2.5 million

Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter & Services, Waterville, ME • $750,000

Mississippi United to End Homelessness, Jackson, MS • $2.5 million

Newcap, Inc., Oconto, WI • $5 million

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), Garden Grove, CA • $1.25 million

Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Portland, OR • $2.5 million

Project Community Connections, Inc., Atlanta, GA • $2.5 million

Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP), Anchorage, AK • $2.5 million

Sacramento Steps Forward, Sacramento, CA • $5 million

SHELTER, Inc., Concord, CA • $5 million

Texas Homeless Network, Austin, TX • $2 million

The Link, Minneapolis, MN • $2.5 million

Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc., South Boston, VA • $2.5 million

Union Station Homeless Services, Pasadena, CA • $5 million

Meet a few of our grantees

2020 Day 1 Families Fund Awardees

The recipients in 2020 included 42 organizations providing services to families experiencing homelessness in 24 states. They received $105.9 million in funding to help provide shelter and support to families in their communities.

Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, Anchorage, AK • $450,000

The Cathedral Center, Inc., Milwaukee, WI • $1.25 million

Catholic Charities of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA • $5 million

Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention, Indianapolis, IN • $1.25 million

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Orlando, FL • $2.5 million

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, Columbus, OH • $2.5 million

Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Inc., Lexington, KY • $5 million

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Philadelphia, PA • $5 million

Denver Indian Family Resource Center, Denver, CO • $450,000

East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Los Angeles, CA • $2.5 million

East Oakland Community Project, Oakland, CA • $2.5 million

Facing Forward to End Homelessness, Chicago, IL • $1.25 million

Families Together, Raleigh, NC • $1.25 million

Family Life Center, Kahului, HI • $1.25 million

Friendship Place, Washington, DC • $2.5 million

HELP of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV • $5 million

The Homeless Families Foundation, Columbus, OH • $1.25 million

Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System, Los Angeles, CA$5 million

HOPE Atlanta, Atlanta, GA • $2.5 million

House of Ruth, Washington, DC • $2.5 million

Housing Matters, Santa Cruz, CA • $2.5 million

Housing Up, Washington, DC • $2.5 million

Kahumana, Waianae, HI • $2.5 million

MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc., Detroit Lakes, MN • $2.5 million

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, Denver, CO • $1.25 million

MUST Ministries, Marietta, GA • $5 million

The National Center for Children and Families, Bethesda, MD • $2.5 million

Native American Youth and Family Center, Portland, OR • $5 million

North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, Raleigh, NC • $1.25 million

One80 Place, Charleston, SC • $5 million

Poverello House, Fresno, CA • $2.5 million

Rainbow Services, San Pedro, CA • $1.25 million

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

Safe Haven Family Shelter, Nashville, TN • $1.25 million

The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, Austin, TX • $2.5 million

Samaritan House, Virginia Beach, VA • $1.25 million

Solid Ground, White Bear Lake, MN • $1.25 million

St. Vincent de Paul CARES, St. Petersburg, FL • $5 million

Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence, Long Beach, CA • $1.25 million

Time for Change Foundation, San Bernardino, CA • $1.25 million

United American Indian Involvement, Inc., Los Angeles, CA • $2.5 million

WestCare California, Fresno, CA • $2.5 million

Meet a few of our 2018 and 2019 grantees

2019 Day 1 Families Fund Awardees

The recipients in 2019 included 32 organizations from 23 states that received donations totaling $98.5 million to support their meaningful, high-impact work to provide shelter and support for families experiencing homelessness in communities across the country.

Bethany House Services, Cincinnati, OH • $1.25 million

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, Spokane, WA • $5 million

Catholic Social Services Alaska, Anchorage, AK • $5 million

Coburn Place, Indianapolis, IN • $1.25 million

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Hartford, CT • $2.5 million

Covenant House, New York, NY • $5 million

Family Gateway, Dallas, TX • $2.75 million

FamilyAid Boston, Boston, MA • $5 million

ForKids, Norfolk, VA • $2.5 million

Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Traverse City, MI • $1.25 million

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Fremont, OH • $1.25 million

Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, Orlando, FL • $5.25 million

HOPE Services Hawaii, Hilo, HI • $2.75 million

HopeWorks, Albuquerque, NM • $2.5 million

Interim Community Development Association, Seattle, WA • $2.5 million

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Lafayette, IN • $1.25 million

Mary’s Place Seattle, Seattle, WA • $5 million

MIFA, Memphis, TN • $5 million

Our Family Services, Tucson, AZ • $2.5 million

Pathways of Hope, Fullerton, CA • $2.5 million

St. Joseph Center, Venice, CA • $5 million

St. Joseph’s Villa, Richmond, VA $1.25 million

St. Stephen’s Human Services, Minneapolis, MN • $5 million

St. Vincent de Paul, Baltimore, MD • $5 million

The Road Home, Salt Lake City, UT • $5 million

The Road Home Dane County, Madison, WI • $1.25 million

The Whole Child, Whittier, CA • $5 million

UNITY Of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans, LA • $2.5 million

Upward Bound House, Santa Monica, CA • $1.25 million

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Covington, KY • $1.25 million

West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, Bridgeport, WV • $1.5 million

YWCA Columbus, Columbus, OH • $2.5 million

Meet one of 2018’s Bezos Day 1 Fund grant recipients

2018 Day 1 Families Fund Awardees

The 2018 awardees support families experiencing homelessness in 16 states and the District of Columbia. They received donations totaling $97.5 million. Here are the 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