Bezos Day 1 Fund Award Announcement

Upward Bound House Receives Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to Help Solve Homelessness

Day 1 Families Fund grants $98.5 million to 32 nonprofits working to help families experiencing homelessness

Santa Monica, Calif. – Nov.21 Upward Bound House (UBH), a provider of temporary and permanent housing for homeless families, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $1.25million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund. 

“This grant is a game-changer for Upward Bound House,” said UBH Executive Director Christine Mirasy-Glasco. “It will allow us to increase our shelter capacity to serve 30 more families and also focus on the stabilization of families who move to permanent housing, which is a very critical component of ending homelessness.”

This one-time grant, awarded to organizations moving the needle on family homelessness, will allow UBH to provide shelter beds for families sleeping in unsafe places. It will also help families in permanent housing build strong support networks and gain better financial footing.

Upward Bound House is one of 32 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the second annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, as part of a broad investment by the Day 1 Families Fund to help solve family homelessness. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $98.5 million in grants this year. The fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and experts who identified and invited organizations to submit grant proposals to support their efforts to address homelessness. This year, the grant recipients from around the country include: Bethany House Services, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, Catholic Social Services Alaska, Coburn Place, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Covenant House, Family Gateway, FamilyAid Boston, ForKids, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, HOPE Services Hawaii, HopeWorks, Interim Community Development Association, Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Mary’s Place Seattle, MIFA, Our Family Services, Pathways of Hope, St. Joseph Center, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Stephen’s Human Services, St. Vincent de Paul, The Road Home, The Road Home Dane County, The Whole Child, UNITY Of Greater New Orleans, Upward Bound House, Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, and YWCA Columbus.

“With this gift, we will be able to empower families economically through financial education, employment retention services, and asset-building opportunities, all while connecting them to vital community services,” Christine Mirasy-Glasco said.

“While at UBH, I never went without food, clothing and other blessings from the donors. There was financial assistance, budgeting, time management assistance, legal aid. With the help of their Career Connect Employment team, I became employed in no time. They assisted me in renewing my nurses license, and in buying uniform scrubs for my new job. After finding employment, I began working on finding permanent housing with the help of staff.  I moved into my own apartment 10 months joining the program!  I am now able to support my family, pay my rent and feed my children on my own with my new job.

None of this would have been possible without the vital assistance provided to us by this program. Not only were we given shelter, but were also aided in my and my kid’s mental health through activities, group and individual therapy. This made me whole again.

Upward Bound House saved my life!”  — Kristina Ortega