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Grants to Help the Homeless

Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 13:08 PM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling

Grants to Help the Homeless

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While many people experience America as a “land of plenty,” with opportunities and creature comforts abounding, sadly nearly 554,000 people in our country do not have a home (U.S. News, 2017). Many different factors can lead to homelessness, including economic factors, mental health, and situational issues. Therefore, organizations that seek to combat homelessness must use a variety of techniques and offer diverse services to tackle this multifaceted problem. Whether your non-profit agency seeks funding for programs to support immediate basic needs for those who are homeless or to create long-term housing and solutions, a number of different grants are available to help finance this important work to assist some of our nation’s most vulnerable residents.

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Bank of America Economic Mobility Grants

For 2018, Bank of America is offering two different economic mobility-focused grant programs to organizations that assist vulnerable populations, including the homeless:

The first grant program supports non-profit agencies that assist homeless individuals and families. This grant funds a variety of initiatives that directly help the homeless, such as programs that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter or job-training programs.  Applications for the Economic Mobility Grant are typically due in February of each year.

The second grant program focuses on broader community and social programs, including larger-scale programs whose trickle-down effect will ultimately help reduce homelessness rates. For instance, organizations that seek to build transitional or long-term housing specifically for vulnerable populations, including the homeless, are eligible for this grant opportunity. The application period for this second grant type is usually in the month of June each year.

The Mary Kay Foundation Shelter Grant

Each year, the Mary Kay Foundation offers grants to support operating expenses for non-profit, emergency shelters that provide housing for women and children who become homeless as a result of leaving domestic violence situations. The foundation usually awards grants across all 50 states and to approximately 150 shelters annually. Grant award amounts are typically $20,000. The deadline for this grant is typically at the end of April each year.  

Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a wealth of grant programs geared toward reducing homelessness and the health and wellness issues that plague those who are or have been homeless. Our September 2017 blog post on Homeless Shelter Grants highlighted the Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals and the Services in Supportive Housing grant offered through HHS. Additionally, there are many grant programs designed to help reduce homelessness among specific populations, such as youth, seniors, and those who are homeless primarily due to struggles with substance abuse. For instance, the Street Outreach Program, administered through the HHS’s Family and Youth Services Bureau, offers support to organizations that help reduce adolescent homelessness and thereby protect young people from the various forms of abuse common for homeless youths.

Open Your Heart - Hunger and Homeless Grant

This grant is available to non-profit organizations in Minnesota that provide temporary housing for homeless people, including those who are homeless due to domestic violence situations and homeless students.  This grant primarily funds facility upgrades and expansions to improve the spaces that direct serve and support the homeless but does not support direct operational costs. See the grant website for specific examples of previously funded projects and a complete list of what the grant will typically not fund.  Award amounts are typically around $7,000 on average. Annual due dates for this grant are on the first of March, May, July, September, and November.

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Need funding to expand your efforts to help the homeless? The Grant Helpers can assist you in your grant search and application process.  Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

U.S. News: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-12-06/us-homeless-count-rises-pushed-by-crisis-on-the-west-coast


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