This one-time grant, awarded to organizations doing meaningful work to connect families with shelter and support, will allow Catholic Charities of Acadiana to invest in diversion services, working to reconnect families with their natural support systems and helping them avoid the traumatic experience of homelessness. Funds will also be used to redesign and expand the organization's family homeless shelter to allow for private sleeping arrangements. They will also implement a rehousing program that transitions families experiencing homelessness into permanent housing.
Catholic Charities of Acadiana is one of 42 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the third annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, as part of a continuing commitment by the Day 1 Families Fund to help end homelessness for families. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $105.9 million in grants this year. To select these organizations, the fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and leaders whose expertise spans housing justice, racial equity, direct services, homelessness policy, equity for Native American communities and anti-poverty work.
The Bezos Day One Fund was launched in 2018 with a commitment of $2 billion and a focus on two areas: funding existing nonprofits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, non-profit tier-one preschools in low-income communities. The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families. The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary's Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside. For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.