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Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Receives $ 2.5 Million Grant

LAS CRUCES – Mesilla Valley Community of Hope was recently selected to receive a $ 2.5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund – the largest grant the organization has received.

According to a press release, the Day 1 Families Fund was founded in 2018 by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. The fund grants $ 96.2 million annually to 32 nonprofit organizations in the United States that help children and families in need of food and shelter.

MVCH was reportedly selected as the recipient of the one-time grant “by an independent advisory body composed of homeless professionals with experience in politics, advocacy, racial justice, child welfare and housing and service delivery, and first-hand experience of homelessness”.

The goal of the local non-profit organization is to support people in Doña Ana County through services related to housing, permanent housing, income and case management.

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“The Day 1 Families Fund grant will enable us to reduce family homelessness in Doña Ana County in a strategic, impactful and sustainable way and to a much greater extent than current resources allow,” said Nicole Martinez, Managing Director of MVCH. “Through innovative and collaborative efforts, the grant will enable us to make significant strides in ending family homelessness in our communities.”

Keller Williams employee Minerva Al-Tabbaa, left, and volunteer Kaleb Judy, 16, right, work on painting a tent shelter at Camp Hope, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

A press release stated that Martinez and MVCH plan to work with local landlords and shelters to reach homeless people, connect them to appropriate services and get families “quickly” into their own housing units.

“The Mesilla Valley Community of Hope has helped me get back into society mentally, physically and emotionally,” Amiee Martinez said in the press release. She helps manage MVCH. “I lived at Camp Hope until they moved me to live and am now on the board.”

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Part of the Bezos Day One Fund is to support non-profit organizations that help families find stable housing. The other side is the Day 1 Academies Fund, which supports the establishment of new, world-class preschools in low-income communities across the country.

The Day 1 Families Fund has reportedly given over $ 130 million to organizations like MVCH.

Leah Romero is the trend reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.

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