Simpson Housing Services Receives $2.5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

Posted on November 20th, 2018


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Simpson Housing Services Among First to Receive $2.5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to Help Families Experiencing Homelessness

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $97.5 million to 24 nonprofits across the U.S. working on family homelessness

Minneapolis, Minn. (November 20, 2018) – Simpson Housing Services is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant award from the Day 1 Families Fund to expand its Family Housing Program over the next four years.

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Simpson Housing Services is a nonprofit providing housing, support, and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness.

“We are grateful for this opportunity,” said Executive Director Steve Horsfield. “This support from the Day 1 Families Fund will both increase our capacity to end homelessness for more families and deepen our impact with each family by increasing the reach of our education support programming, which targets the end of generational homelessness.”

For over 35 years, Simpson Housing Services has worked with families who experience homelessness, focusing on long-term housing stability, individualized case management, and connecting families to resources and services such as employment, healthcare, and educational support for children. Additionally, Simpson Housing Services provides innovative, comprehensive support to children and youth in the Family Housing Program, including early childhood home visiting and literacy, mentoring, and enrichment programs.

Annually, Simpson Housing Services’ Family Housing program works with 300 families, including 650 children.

Simpson Housing Services is one of 24 nonprofits to receive the first Day 1 Families Fund grants, totaling $97.5 million. Recipients from around the country include: Abode Services, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Community of Hope,Community Rebuilders, Crossroads Rhode Island, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), Emerald Development & Economic Network (EDEN) Inc., FrontLine Service, Hamilton Families, Heartland Family Service, Housing Families First, JOIN, LA Family Housing (LAFH), Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), Primo Center for Women and Children, Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), SEARCH Homeless Services, Simpson Housing Services, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston, UMOM New Day Centers and Urban Resource Institute (URI).

Founded by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, the Bezos Day One Fund consists of two programs: the Day 1 Families Fund that provides grants to nonprofit organizations fighting homelessness, and the Day 1 Academies Fund that will fund and build a network of pre-schools in low-income communities across the country. The Day 1 Families Fund’s vision comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child should sleep outside. A small group of expert advisors provided input to the Bezos Day One Fund team to select these organizations. The Day 1 Families Fund will be awarding grants annually. For more information, visit

About Simpson Housing Services

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota Simpson Housing Services (SHS) mission is to provide housing, support, and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. SHS began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Over the last three decades, SHS has become a leading nonprofit in the field of homelessness in Minnesota. Programs include emergency shelter, supportive housing for individuals, families and youth – along with comprehensive educational support for children.

SHS was one of the first Minnesota organizations to use the nationally-recognized Housing First service model. Individuals and families are placed into housing immediately, and are then supported with individualized services to help address the causes of their homelessness. Simpson Housing Services believes everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing and embraces the uniqueness and dignity of each person. SHS annually serves 3,000 people experiencing homelessness and last year:

  • Provided 1,111 men and women with shelter beds.
  • Moved 1,454 people into safe, stable housing.
  • Supported 289 families, including 649 children, in our Family Housing Program.