Local homeless prevention group chosen for grant launched by Bezos

The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Indianapolis has been chosen to receive a $1.25 million grant from a fund launched by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

The Day 1 Families Fund gives annual leadership grants to organizations and civic groups working to provide shelter and hunger support that address immediate needs of young families.

CHIP is one of 42 not-for-profits across the U.S. to receive the grants totaling $105.9 million this year. The grant is a sizable one the not-for-profit organization, which reported revenue of about $1.8 million the last two fiscal years.

The one-time grant will allow CHIP to “elevate the work of community partners to quickly resolve homelessness for families and ensure stability for all Indianapolis residents,” especially those who are Black and Brown, the organization said.

CHIP plans to work collectively with domestic violence programs, family shelters, child services and community centers to support coordinated solutions to homelessness that are grounded in a housing-first approach.

“This grant comes at a critical time as our community sees a growing need around family homelessness,” Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, executive director of CHIP, said in written comments. “As families face job loss, income loss and housing loss, we must have systems and resources in place to respond quickly.”

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