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San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness Receives $5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to Help End Homelessness for Families in San Diego

The fund grants $123.45 million to 40 nonprofits across the U.S. to move the needle on re-housing and supporting families experiencing homelessness
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The Regional Task Force on Homelessness (RTFH) received a $5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund, the largest private gift in the organization’s history. 

The regional task force on homelessness is the leading organization that addresses homelessness in San Diego County. The fund grants $123.45 million to 40 nonprofits across the U.S. to move the needle on re-housing and supporting families experiencing homelessness

The organization recently released the Regional Community Action Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in San Diego which identifies ending family homelessness as one of the five “People Goals”.

According to the organization, this plan adopts a regional vision to end homelessness in San Diego using a housing-focused, equity-driven, and person-centered approach. A group of advisors who are leading experts on homelessness and service providers selected the RFTH as the Day 1 Family Fund Grant recipient. 

“We are excited to receive this grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund,” RTFH CEO Tamera Kohler said. “Families in San Diego are experiencing homelessness at a higher rate than we have seen before. Targeting these resources, we will strive to reduce these numbers and shorten the time any family is without a place to call home. This targeted, coordinated effort will leverage all available resources to make homelessness in our region rare, brief, and one-time. We also recognize families of color experience homelessness at higher rates and are homeless longer. These funds will also be targeted to address this and improve lives of families struggling with homelessness across our region.”

The Day 1 Family Fund was launched in 2018 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for the leading organizations on the frontlines that are employing compassionate and life-changing work to help families move from unsheltered homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they need to achieve stability. 

The Bezos Day One Fund made a $2 billion commitment to focus on making meaningful and lasting impacts in two areas: funding existing nonprofits that help families experiencing homelessness, and creating a network of new, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities.