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Family Promise of Hawaiʻi Receives $2.5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

Fund grants $123.45 million to 40 nonprofits across the U.S. to move the needle on re-housing and supporting families experiencing homelessness

HONOLULU – (November 22, 2022): Family Promise of Hawaiʻi, a local nonprofit working to end homelessness for families with children, today announced that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund—the largest private gift in the organization’s history. Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to leading organizations on the frontlines that are employing compassionate, needle-moving work to help families move from unsheltered homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they require to achieve stability.

“Family homelessness is one of Hawaiʻi’s most urgent challenges, and we’re deeply grateful to the Day 1 Families Fund for sharing in our vision to address this crisis,” said Ryan Catalani, executive director of Family Promise of Hawaiʻi. “This grant will make a transformational impact for our organization as we expand to serve even more families in need. We look forward to working with the entire community to sustain these efforts as we work toward ensuring every child has a home.”

This one-time grant to Family Promise of Hawaiʻi will change the lives of children and families on Oʻahu who are struggling with housing instability. The organization plans to use the grant funds to expand its emergency shelter program, provide additional rental assistance and wraparound services and scale up its shelter diversion program, which helps families experiencing homelessness avoid entering the shelter system. All of Family Promise of Hawaiʻi’s programs aim to help families quickly move back to permanent housing.

Family Promise of Hawaiʻi was selected as a Day 1 Families Fund grant recipient by a group of national advisors who are leading advocates and experts on homelessness and service provision. National advisors brought expertise on housing justice, advancing racial equity and helping programs employ resources effectively to assist families out of homelessness.