Day 1 Families Fund grants $105.9 million to 42 nonprofits helping families gain housing support and stability

OAKLAND, Calif. – (December 9, 2020): The East Oakland Community Project (EOCP), a community-based, homeless services provider in Alameda County, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund. Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, 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.

“We are very thankful to have been selected by the Day 1 Families Fund to help stabilize families experiencing homelessness,” said Wendy Jackson, Executive Director of EOCP. 

This one-time grant, awarded to organizations doing meaningful work to connect families with shelter and support, will allow EOCP to provide nine months of aftercare support after families have been placed in permanent housing. This helps to ensure that families can stabilize in their new communities.   

EOCP is one of 42 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the third annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, as part of a continuing commitment by the Day 1 Families Fund to help end homelessness for families. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $105.9 million in grants this year. To select these organizations, the fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and leaders whose expertise spans housing justice, racial equity, direct services, homelessness policy, equity for Native American communities and anti-poverty work. This year, the grant recipients from around the country include: Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness; The Cathedral Center, Inc.; Catholic Charities of Acadiana; Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida; Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Scott, Madison, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas County, Inc.; Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; Denver Indian Family Resource Center; East Los Angeles Women’s Center; East Oakland Community Project; Facing Forward to End Homelessness; Families Together; Family Life Center; Friendship Place; HELP of Southern Nevada; The Homeless Families Foundation; Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System; HOPE Atlanta; House of Ruth; Housing Matters; Housing Up; Kahumana; MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc.; Metro Denver Homeless Initiative; MUST Ministries; National Center for Children and Families; Native American Youth and Family Center; North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness; One80 Place; Poverello House; Rainbow Services; Refugee Women’s Alliance; Safe Haven Family Shelter; Samaritan House; Solid Ground; St. Vincent de Paul CARES; Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence; The Salvation Army Austin Area Command; Time for Change Foundation; United American Indian Involvement, Inc.; and WestCare California. 

“The ability for EOCP to provide aftercare support to those families in most critical need cannot be understated. We want families to embrace a future free of homelessness so their children can thrive,” Jackson continued.

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

About East Oakland Community Project

East Oakland Community Project (EOCP) empowers homeless individuals and families in Alameda County to regain a life of self-reliance. We provide dignified emergency and transitional housing and compassionate, comprehensive services that prepare homeless people to successfully transition to permanent housing and a life of greater self-reliance. For more information, visit www.eocp.net.

… the games, swimming, arts and crafts, and plain old fun with friends and caring adults? 40 homeless children at EOCP need these great experiences to grow into healthy adults. We need a total $5,000 of your caring support to get them there.

Happy summer!











When: Saturday, June 16th 8am – 1:30pm (East Bay AIDS Walk) and Sunday, July 15th 8am – 2:30pm (San Francisco AIDS Walk)

Where: Lake Merritt in Oakland and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

Why: A portion of our population are persons affected by HIV/AIDS. As an AIDS Service Organization (ASO), it is our duty to help share awareness and do our part in the “fight” against HIV/AIDS. Please join us as we walk to raise  funds for prevention, care and advocacy for this epidemic.

For information about joining our team or donating, please call 510-746-3604. You may also email ea@eocp.net.

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11 am – 10:30 pm

Where: 1890 Powell Street (at Frontage Road)

Why: We have an amazing fundraising opportunity on Thursday, February 16th at Chevys in Emeryville. They will give EOCP 15% of all profits made on that day for anyone who possesses the fundraiser flyer. Please invite your friends and attend yourselves. Thanks, and we hope to see you all there!

In order to receive credit, please print the flyer and give it to your server when closing out your check.

For information, please call 510-746-3604.

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 2-5 pm

Featured Speaker: Alex Briscoe, Director, Alameda County Healthcare Services Agency

Also Featuring: music, spoken word/poetry, light food and refreshments

Where: 7515 International Boulevard at Crossroads

Tickets @ $50 per person

For information, please call 510-746-3604.  RSVP by September 19, 2011

As of this printing, on April 1, 2010 The Alameda County Board of Supervisors decision to make drastic cuts to the General Assistance program will take effect. The County optimistically claims a savings of $7 million per year, but the shortsightedness of this decision will cost us much more. A similar wave of cuts was passed in 1997, with the result being an increase in crime, homelessness, and food insecurity. Social advocates statewide have urged the Board of Supervisors, specifically, Supervisors Scott Haggerty, Alice Lai-Bitker, and Gail Steele – who all voted for these cuts – to reconsider.

[Read more]

In today’s economic climate it is almost impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television or radio and not hear the words “recession,” “crisis,” or “foreclosure.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of January 2009 the national and statewide unemployment rates were 7.6% and 10.1%, respectively, both at their highest marks since the mid-1990s. You would be hard pressed to find a community unaffected by the recession. East Oakland Community Project is no exception.

[Read more]