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Creating Pathways Out of Poverty for Families, Women, Children, and Youth Living in Poverty in the Bay Area, Starting with Housing Security

Episcopal Impact Fund Announces Our 2024 Housing Security Grant Cohort



“Episcopal Impact Fund is proud to support organizations providing supportive housing and serving families, women, children, and youth living in poverty in the Bay Area. We are deeply grateful for the innovative work of the organizations who make up our 2024 cohort.” —Christina Alvarez, Episcopal Impact Fund, Executive Director 


For many living on the margins, there is a fine line between a stable life and a life of poverty and housing insecurity. The difference often hinges on unexpected events and systemic factors outside of their control. A sudden job loss, a serious health issue, or an unanticipated financial burden such as a car repair can plunge an individual or family into homelessness. This precarious balance highlights the fragility of economic stability and the thin line that can separate self-sufficiency from destitution.

 

Through our grantmaking, we focus on these points in time for women, youth, and families. With our Housing Security Grants, we emphasize supporting organizations that provide housing to the most vulnerable members of our community. Our grantees work to provide temporary, transitional, or permanent supportive housing to people that are especially at risk—families experiencing homelessness, youth exiting foster care, and women escaping domestic violence.

 

Our 2024 grantee cohort bring support and services at times when a life can spin out of control– Alameda Point Collaborative, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, Human Investment Project, Inc. / HIP Housing, and Sister to Sister 2 / Serenity House provide who offers hope and shelter in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties, are responding to the critical homelessness crisis with committed case managers and services that ensure clients are best prepared to thrive. Center for Domestic Peace and San Francisco SafeHouse provide stabilizing transitional housing to women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, or who may be experiencing homelessness. Beyond Emancipation and Youth Spirit Artworks emphasize serve young adults and foster youth by providing food, shelter, and placement in permanent housing.

 

We are honored to support their work. Together we can provide the resources and opportunities our neighbors need to thrive.

 

The recipients of the 2024 Episcopal Impact Fund Housing Security Grants are:

 

  • Alameda Point Collaborative Alameda Point Collaborative works to end homelessness in Alameda County by providing permanent supportive housing and services to creative communities where formerly homeless families and individuals can flourish.

  • Beyond Emancipation As the primary provider of services for youth aging out of foster care in Alameda County, Beyond Emancipation's vision is for a more equitable world where all young people with experience in foster care thrive as adults.

  • Center for Domestic Peace Center for Domestic Peace provides, amongst other services, transitional housing programs in Marin County for survivors of domestic violence.

  • Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco Episcopal Community Services helps homeless and very low-income people obtain the housing, jobs, shelter, and essential services each person needs to prevent and end homelessness.

  • First Place for Youth First Place for Youth helps foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.

  • Greater Richmond Interfaith Project Greater Richmond Interfaith Program provides the only shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Western Contra Costa County. Services include case management, housing navigation, daily meal service, and youth programs.

  • HOPE Solutions Hope Solutions heals the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing solutions and vital support services to vulnerable families and individuals.

  • Human Investment Project, Inc. / HIP Housing HIP Housing supports individuals and families in San Mateo County seeking to find or remain in affordable housing. Their work seeks to prevent displacement and homelessness, maximize and preserve existing housing stock, and equip individuals with the support they need to stabilize their financial situation.

  • Insight Housing Insight Housing works to ensure that everyone in our community has a home through supportive, equitable, and sustainable housing solutions.

  • Make It Home Make It Home helps Bay Area families and individuals transitioning out of crisis by using donated furniture to transform empty spaces into homes.

  • San Francisco SafeHouse San Francisco SafeHouse works to empower and support women who are experiencing housing instability and sexual exploitation or trafficking, by creating survivor-centered spaces, services, advocacy, and community education.

  • Sister to Sister 2 / Serenity House Sister to Sister 2 provides permanent supportive housing for women and children in Oakland, as well as transitional housing for women who are experiencing domestic violence or substance abuse and their children.

  • Youth Spirit Artworks (Tiny House Empowerment Village) Youth Spirit Artworks offers housing and case management for transitional-aged youth at their Tiny House Empowerment Village in Oakland.  Their approach integrates trauma-informed programming, comprehensive physical and mental health care, life skills workshops, and other services.



To support the life-changing work of our grantees, please donate at https://www.episcopalimpact.org/ways-to-give/donate-now. Your generous donation will have a positive impact on the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.


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