February 22, 2020
FamilyAid Boston Gets $5M to Combat Homelessness in Area

February 13, 2020 — FamilyAid Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that is the largest provider of private homelessness prevention funding in the Greater Boston area, recently announced it was selected to receive a $5 million grant to support its ongoing work.

FamilyAid Boston was one of the 32 nonprofits nationwide, and the only one in Massachusetts, to receive the funding from the Day 1 Families Fund funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

This one-time grant will allow FamilyAid to help more than 6,000 homeless children and their parents obtain and sustain permanent housing over the next three years, the organization said.

“We are incredibly excited and honored to be acknowledged by the nation’s leading funder of solutions to family homelessness,” said Larry Seamans, president of FamilyAid Boston. “The Bezos Day 1 Families Fund will allow us to build upon our current support and address the growing family homelessness crisis in Massachusetts by rapidly expanding our nationally-recognized housing and family support initiatives.

“More than 3,000 homeless children and parents sleep in shelter every night in Boston. The Day 1 Families Fund support sheds light on this invisible issue and creates a foundation for our new strategies to solve it.”

The Day 1 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, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities.

Founded in 1916, FamilyAid Boston is Boston’s largest provider solely focused on resolving homelessness for children and their parents. With a mission to empower parents facing homelessness to secure and sustain housing and build strong foundations for their children’s futures, the agency annually supports more than 1,600 homeless children and parents with outreach, prevention, diversion, shelter, housing, and supportive services.

According to FamilyAid Boston, as many as 5,000 children come to school each day in Boston not knowing where they will spend the night.

For the year ending June 30, 2019, FamilyAid Boston reported $8.3 million in revenue, of which $7.9 million came from contributions and grants, and $7.9 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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