Grants for homeless assistance program

793 homelessness prevention organizations received at least $29.0 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 2,216 grants made from 1,499 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,353. Of these 1,499 foundations, 84% made just a single grant to homeless aid orgs, and 3% made grants to four or more homeless aid orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$28,954,069
Total grant dollars given to homeless assistance program
2,216
Number of grants made annually to homeless assistance program
1,499
Number of grantmakers funding homeless assistance program
$1,353
Median grant size to homeless assistance program

Foundations that support homelessness prevention organizations

Out of all grants made to homeless assistance program, 79% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 85% of the dollar-value of grants to homeless aid orgs. Foundations funding homeless aid orgs also made grants to homeless shelters, food banks, food distribution programs, domestic violence shelters, and youth development programs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,192
Medium
 
155
Large
 
152
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
40
Private
 
1,234
Corporate
 
94
Other
 
131

Grants made

Grants made to homeless aid orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,269
2-3
 
180
4-10
 
36
11+
 
14

Top 10 foundations supporting homelessness prevention organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to homeless aid orgsNumber of grants made to homeless aid orgsMedian grant size
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.2%48$1,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%45$540
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%44$1,000
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%34$1,000
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%27$50
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%25$158
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%22$650
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.1%18$1,000
Carmax FoundationVANational0.2%18$555
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.1%15$1,000

Homelessness prevention organizations grantees

homeless assistance program with more than $5 million in total revenues received 92% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 52% of all homeless aid orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
2,209
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
7

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$775
$100k-$500k
 
$1,660
$500k-$1M
 
$1,100
$1M-$5M
 
$2,000
>$5M
 
$1,200

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
309
Texas
 
194
Massachusetts
 
190
Illinois
 
109
Other
 
1,414

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Boston
 
183
Los Angeles
 
146
New York City
 
118
Washington DC
 
116
Other
 
1,592

Top 25 grants made to homeless assistance program

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Heartland Alliance Health$6,336,048Cash ProvidedHeartland Alliance for Human Needs and Rights
Covenant house California$3,445,916CostCovenant House International
Covenant house California$3,445,916Program Support/ National Sleepout EventCovenant House International
Next Move$3,251,507Homeless ServicesSacramento Steps Forward (SSF)
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston / Harris County$2,842,975Housing, ShelterGreater Houston Community Foundation
FORkids$2,550,000Human ServicesThe Landmark Foundation
Alameda Point Collaborative (APC)$2,515,000General Support for Covid-19 Relief, Recovery, and Resilience, Medical Respite Care for Homeless IndividualsEast Bay Community Foundation (EBCF)
Funders Together To End Homelessness$5,000Support the 2019 Funders Institute Being Held July 23, 2019, in Washington, DCAnnie E Casey Foundation (AECF)
Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for The Homeless$5,000General PurposesCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network$5,000Unrestricted GeneralTaylor and Patti Abernathy Charitable Trust
Our Friends Place$5,000Food and Clothing for theCarrie S Orleans Trust
Opportunity Center for the Homeless (OC)$5,000GeneralLula Hasam Mcafee Foundation XXXXX7006
Covenant House International$5,000General SupportYork County Community Foundation
Plowshares Peace and Justice Center$5,000Covid-19 Food ReliefCommunity Foundation of Mendocino County
Odessa Links$5,000Homeless Family ServicesJunior League of Odessa
Ywca Hartford Region$5,000Training in Sports, Other School Related ActivitiesTrinity Health of New England Corporation
Perspectives$5,000GeneralMichael J and Karen B Frey Foundation
Springfield Rescue Mission$5,000OperationsCommunity Bank Na Foundation of New England
Search Homeless Services$5,000General SupportSteen Family Foundation
Shalom House$5,000General UseJ Nedra Schilling Foundation Ta
Lava Mae$5,000For Unrestricted SupportJames Irvine Foundation
Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco (ECS-SF)$5,000General OperatingCarter Family Foundation
Homeless Helping Homeless$5,000Charitable PurposesUnited Way of Central Minnesota (UWCM)
N Street Village$5,000General CapacityThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA)
So Others Might Eat (SOME)$5,000General Capacity, Back-To-School DriveThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA)
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "homeless assistance program" category for this page is determined by the "P85: Homeless Persons Centers and Services" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.