Grants to Help the Homeless
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.
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.
Grants to Help the Homeless
As most Americans know, substance abuse—especially of alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids—is a prevalent problem in the United States (SAMHSA, 2015). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance abuse leads to many negative consequences, such as physical and mental health problems and inability to function normally in daily life (2015). Not only does substance abuse affect users and their families in negative ways, but the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that “abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare” (NIDA, 2010-2013).
To help combat substance abuse and reduce the extreme negative impacts on users, their families, and society at large, many organizations offer generous grants to healthcare entities, non-profits, and schools willing to work toward substance abuse prevention and treatment.
Every day across the country a family is affected by drug dependency. According to Addiction Centers, over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco). 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.
Municipalities, first responders, health care providers, and non-profit organizations across the country are banding together to help solve this epidemic. Grant money can help address this reality. Below, find some hand-selected substance abuse prevention and treatment grant opportunities.