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Episcopal Impact Fund Announces 2021 Community Grants

In 2021 Episcopal Impact Fund recognized the on-going housing emergency by directing most of its grants to organizations providing supportive housing to families living in poverty. We know from our grantee partners and from current social services research that a “housing first” approach is essential if families are to address barriers to escaping poverty. These grantees this year work with different communities that are especially at risk—the reentry population, youth exiting foster care and women escaping domestic violence. Our remaining grants went to organizations providing vital services to children and youth that help break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.

“Episcopal Impact Fund's support will fund home repairs and have a lasting impact on sustaining low-income homeownership, building equity for low income communities, and providing a basic need that breaks children out of cycles of poverty.” –Mahogany Charlton Roland, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together SF

Our 2021 housing-focused grantees are:

  • Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency B.O.S.S. serves justice-involved individuals, preparing them to successfully reintegrate into the community. Episcopal Impact Fund’s grant will provide housing and other assistance to parents exiting incarceration to help them reunite with their families and transition into stable housing.

  • Family Emergency Shelter Coalition FESCO serves families experiencing homelessness by providing safe, stable temporary housing and supporting families’ transition to permanent housing through job training, childcare and other necessary services.

  • ​First Place for Youth First Place for Youth moves Contra Costa County foster youth, ages 18–24, from homelessness and unstable living conditions into safe, fully subsidized transitional housing and helps them build the foundation for self-sufficiency through intensive case management and individualized education and employment support.

  • Home & Hope Home & Hope provides the safe haven of temporary housing for San Mateo county families facing homelessness while developing a customized, pragmatic plan of action to help them secure long-term housing and regain self-sufficiency.

  • Hope Solutions (formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing) Hope Solutions launched the first program in Contra Costa County aimed at rapidly rehousing homeless transition age youth (18-24). Hope Solutions provides wrap-around services in conjunction with temporary housing with the goal of youth exiting to permanent housing when they achieve sufficient income and stability.

  • Options Recovery Services ORS opened its first home for perinatal women in recovery and their children. This home provides structure, support and community to women to build sober living skills and succeed in the community.

  • Rebuilding Together SF Rebuilding Together San Francisco preserves affordable homeownership and promotes safe housing by responding to the repair needs of low-income families and homeowners. Their work builds community resiliency and economic stability for neighbors at risk of displacement, preserves affordable housing, and ensures advocacy, support, security and safety of our neighbors.

  • Saint Vincent de Paul of Marin St Vincent de Paul is the only homeless prevention program in Marin, providing targeted, timely assistance to families living on the margins, including temporary rental assistance, budget planning and direct aid, to prevent evictions.

  • Sister to Sister 2 Sister to Sister 2 helps women and children who are survivors of addiction, violence, homelessness, and providing temporary housing and intensive services to help them heal, achieve their dreams and live with purpose.

  • Youth Spirit Artworks As part of its 100 Homes for 100 Youth Initiative, Youth Spirit Artworks has created a Tiny House Village in Oakland for homeless youth of Berkeley and Oakland. This temporary housing includes wrap-around services to enable residents to exit to stable permanent housing.

Our 2021 grantees focusing on children and youth are:

  • Attitudinal Healing Center AHC empowers young people to be self-aware and inspired through art, creativity, and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities.

  • Bayshore Christian Ministries Bayshore Christian Ministries works to break the cycle of poverty in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park by providing after-school and summer program to support the academic, social, and physical development of youth and to help them develop their full potential in a caring and safe, structured environment.

  • Family Connections Centers Family Connections is a resource center for low income, immigrant working families serving the needs of every generation. with resources and services from early childhood education to family support groups. Over the past year, Family Connections pivoted to also meet the basic needs of families devastated by the pandemic.

  • Rise University Preparatory Rise provides transformative urban education to low income, first-to-college scholars, primarily in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. Rise prepares students for 4-year universities in order to help them out of poverty.

  • The Village Project The Village Project brings together resources and programs to enhance the economic, educational, social, and cultural well-being of children living in the housing projects of the Fillmore/Western Addition in San Francisco.

“Episcopal Impact Fund is proud to support all these organizations and their innovative work providing supportive housing and serving child and youth living in poverty. We are deeply grateful for their work in the Bay Area.” –Kathleen Piraino, Episcopal Impact Fund Executive Director



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