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St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Awarded $5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

Day 1 Families Fund grants $98.5 million to 32 nonprofits to help solve family homelessness

BALTIMORE - St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore announced today it is the recipient of a $5 million grant awarded by the Day 1 Families Fund, which will support its continuing efforts to end family homelessness in the Baltimore region.  The funds will be used over four years to create new services, increase capacity, and seed new capital investments for supportive and affordable housing for families.  St. Vincent de Paul will leverage the award to attract additional resources and address critical service gaps for families experiencing homelessness.

"We feel honored to be in the select group of organizations awarded this funding.  This award will be transformative for our organization and allow us to create new projects that are critically needed to end family homlessness in the Baltimore region" said John Schiavone, President & CEO of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore will effectively use this funding to make a lasting, long-term impact to end family homelessness in Baltimore.  A significant portion of the funding will be used to pilot a new Coordinated Entry system with two family service hubs that will serve 4,000 famillies over four years, as well as new Shelter Diversion services for families, to ensure families will have access to shelter and affordable housing.  The award will also be used to seed the development of new supportive and affordable permanent housing units.

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, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities.  The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needel-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families.  The vision statement comes from inspiring Mary's Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside.  For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.

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About St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in the Baltimore region.  The organization helps thousands of people with resources to help them move beyond the challenges of poverty and achieve their full potential.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is the largest provider of services and housing for individuals and families in the Baltimore region, and has special expertise in serving families experiencing homelessness.   The organization employs evidence-based practices in a comprehensive continuum of programs that help individuals and families quickly regain permanent housing.  St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore has a long, proven track record as an early adopter of new models of serving families development, and is a data-driven organization that integrates evaluation into its programming to develop efficient, replicable models.

CURRENT PROGRAMS SERVING FAMILIES EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

Sarah’s Hope Family Shelter: Comprehensive 145-bed shelter in Baltimore City serving families experiencing homelessness

Hannah More Family Shelter: Comprehensive 85-bed shelter in Baltimore County serving families experiencing homelessness

Home Connections: Permanent supportive housing serving 138 individuals with disabilities in Baltimore City

Front Door: Rapid re-housing program serving 180 families and individuals in Baltimore City and County

Beans & Bread: Day resource program serving 300 people daily in Baltimore City

Innterim House: 10 transitional shelter units in Baltimore County serving families experiencing homelessness

Innterim Gardens: 10 community based, permanent supportive housing units in Baltimore County for families with disabilities

Cottage Avenue Community: Permanent supportive housing serving 16 families in Baltimore City

Frederick Ozanam House: Permanent supportive housing for families in Baltimore City

Stable Families Program: Comprehensive services that stabilize families in their homes while keeping children in their schools so they both can thrive in Baltimore City and County

Homelessness Prevention: Over $1.3 million in eviction prevention, utility, and other financial assistance provided through our network of 39 SVDP Conference volunteer groups located throughout Central Maryland

Camp St. Vincent: Summer day camp serving 250 children experiencing homelessness from Baltimore City and County

The Ark: Specialized Head Start services for children and families experiencing homelessness

Career Connections: Employment resource program serving 50 adults experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT JENNIFER LAVELLA

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS | JENNIFER.LAVELLA@VINCENTBALTIMORE.ORG

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