YWCA Housing Programs get biggest grant in history

Missoulian Staff

YWCA Missoula’s Housing Programs received a $2.5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund, the largest private gift in the Housing Programs’ history. YWCA Missoula’s Housing Programs serve the largest number of homeless families in Montana.

The Day 1 Families Fund, founded by Amazon leader Jeff Bezos in 2018, issues annual leadership awards to organizations that help families move from unsheltered homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they require to achieve stability.  

“The recent affordable housing crisis in Montana has led to a significant rise in family homelessness, and so this generous grant comes at the perfect time to help us meet the urgent need in our community,” said Cindy Weese, executive director of YWCA Missoula, in a press release. “The flexibility of this grant will allow us to find creative solutions to the challenges faced by the families and individuals in our care, including a large number of children, for whom we will be able to help process the trauma of homelessness and find opportunities for a better future.”

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YWCA Missoula supports more than 3,000 adults and children each year.

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