United American Indian Involvement receives $2.5 million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to end homelessness

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Day 1 Families Fund grants $105.9 million to 42 nonprofits helping families gain housing support and stability

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United American Indian Involvement

United American Indian Involvement (UAII), which for 46 years has provided human and health services for American Indian families in the Los Angeles metro area, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund. Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families.

“With this grant, United American Indian Involvement will continue to serve as a beacon of hope for American Indians in L.A., while providing critical services, such as housing, to families who are most in need,” said Luis Cervantes, CEO of United American Indian Involvement.

This one-time grant, awarded to organizations doing meaningful work to connect families with shelter and support, will allow United American Indian Involvement to create a housing program focused on lowering barriers to housing, and expand its current services while making them easily accessible. With families upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, these funds will also help United American Indian Involvement combat the economic and housing crisis for the American Indian community.

United American Indian Involvement is one of 42 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the third annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, as part of a continuing commitment by the Day 1 Families Fund to help end homelessness for families. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $105.9 million in grants this year. To select these organizations, the fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and leaders whose expertise spans housing justice, racial equity, direct services, homelessness policy, equity for Native American communities and anti-poverty work. 

This year, the grant recipients from around the country include: Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness; The Cathedral Center, Inc.; Catholic Charities of Acadiana; Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida; Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Scott, Madison, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas County, Inc.; Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; Denver Indian Family Resource Center; East Los Angeles Women’s Center; East Oakland Community Project; Facing Forward to End Homelessness; Families Together; Family Life Center; Friendship Place; HELP of Southern Nevada; The Homeless Families Foundation; Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System; HOPE Atlanta; House of Ruth; Housing Matters; Housing Up; Kahumana; MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc.; Metro Denver Homeless Initiative; MUST Ministries; National Center for Children and Families; Native American Youth and Family Center; North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness; One80 Place; Poverello House; Rainbow Services; Refugee Women's Alliance; Safe Haven Family Shelter; Samaritan House; Solid Ground; St. Vincent de Paul CARES; Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence; The Salvation Army Austin Area Command; Time for Change Foundation; United American Indian Involvement; and WestCare California.

The Bezos Day One Fund was launched in 2018 with a commitment of $2 billion and a focus on two areas: funding existing nonprofits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities. The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families. The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside. For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.

About United American Indian Involvement

United American Indian Involvement, Inc. (UAII) is the largest one-stop nonprofit human and health service provider for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in the City/County of Los Angeles and Orange County. Established in 1974 as a drop-in shelter on the streets of Skid Row in downtown L.A. by two empowered American Indian women who wanted to serve the city’s most impoverished area of Native people. United American Indian Involvement has expanded its services to meet the needs of its members from over 200 different Native Nations while continuing to address the physical, behavioral, economic and housing health of our community members. More information can be found at www.UAII.org. 

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