MIFA Receives Day 1 Families Fund Grant to Help Solve Homelessness
Day 1 Families Fund grants $98.5 million to 32 nonprofits assisting families experiencing homelessness
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – (Nov. 21, 2019) - Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), an organization that is supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis in Memphis/Shelby County, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund.
“We are extremely grateful to the Day 1 Families Fund,” said Sally Jones Heinz, MIFA president and CEO. “This generous support will allow us to build on our programs for families experiencing homelessness and ensure no child sleeps on the streets of Memphis.”
This one-time grant, awarded to organizations moving the needle on family homelessness, will allow MIFA to continue providing quality services to homeless families over a five-year period. In addition to strengthening its position with services, MIFA will use a portion of the funding to continue to decrease the time families spend in homelessness and increase the successful outcome of families who quickly secure housing.
MIFA 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.
“When my family moved to Memphis, little did I know that the job I’d been promised would fall through and that soon we’d be homeless,” said Linda, a MIFA client. “Just before we were turned out to sleep on the streets, a worker at the hotel suggested I turn to MIFA for help. That was the beginning of my family’s journey to safe housing — one that I’m thankful for every minute of every day.”
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.
MIFA’s mission is supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. From its founding in 1968 as an act of faith by a diverse group of community and faith leaders to confront the issues of poverty, hunger and social division, to its vision of uniting the community through service, MIFA has continued to respond to the needs of our community by implementing programs committed to enhancing the quality of life for those it serves.