Family Service League receives $ 1.25 million grant from foundation started by Jeff Bezos

The Family Service League, a Huntington-based nonprofit, announced that it received a $ 1.25 million grant from a foundation created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, allowing the agency to expand its work by helping homeless families obtain permanent housing and support services.

One-time grant from Bezos’ Day 1 Families Fund “will allow FSL to help reduce household emergency stays by simplifying access to relocation assistance, affordable housing, case management and services support, ”President and CEO of the Family Service League. Karen Boorshtein said in a statement.

In an interview, she added that the grant will allow the agency to increase its services to homeless families beyond the number it already provides to around 40 to 50 families.

“Every day we house probably 300 to 400 people” at the agency’s six homeless shelters, five of which are dedicated to individuals and one to families, Boorshtein said.

She said the Day 1 Families Fund grant requires it to be used to help homeless families.

“FSL has always helped individuals secure permanent housing,” said Boorshtein. “This grant focuses resources on families, to give them the tools, the resources they need to avoid going back to a shelter system. We will do that through case management and support services, helping with the vocational training, to help them stay in permanent housing and not come back into the system. “

Boorshtein said her agency, which has been in existence for 95 years and offers 60 programs in 20 locations across Long Island and serves approximately 55,000 people per year, was delighted to have been invited by the Day 1 Families Fund to apply.

The Family Service League was the only program in New York City to receive a grant from the fund this year.

“Apparently, the Day 1 fund does a tremendous amount of research on organizations that help prevent homelessness,” Boorshtein said. “Then they select the agencies to invite to apply. They’ve looked for us, which we’re delighted with. Then they give you an application to apply, and then they have a proposal review panel and make a decision.”

According to its website, the Day 1 Families Fund, launched in 2018, has awarded 130 grants totaling $ 398 million to organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The 2021 recipients include 32 organizations in 21 states, receiving a total of $ 96.2 million in funding “to help provide food, shelter and support to families across the country.”

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