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Jeff Bezos donating $123 million through dozens of grants to help end homelessness

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The Bezos Day One Fund is donating over $123 million through dozens of grants to help the fight against homelessness, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Tuesday.

The Day 1 Families Fund grants, which range in monetary amounts, are going to 40 organizations across the country. They are meant to help the recipients "continue their compassionate, needle-moving work to help families move from unsheltered homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they require to achieve stability," according to the Bezos Day One Fund announcement.

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Recipients include the Chapman Partnership in Miami, Florida; Community Services & Employment Training in Visalia, California; Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Housing First Inc. in Mobile, Alabama; Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resources Centers Inc. in Wailuku, Hawaii; Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota; The Salvation Army, Denver Metro Area in Denver, Colorado; and the YWCA Missoula’s Housing Programs in Missoula, Montana, among others.

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"This year’s Bezos Day 1 Families Fund grants go to 40 incredible groups working to end homelessness in the U.S.," Bezos tweeted Tuesday. "In 5 years, we’ve given more than $500 million to 167 orgs — helping expand their support of families in need. Honored to support these groups."

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The Amazon founder launched the Bezos Day One Fund with a $2 billion commitment several years ago. Its two initiatives are the Day 1 Families Fund to combat family homelessness and the Day 1 Academies Fund to establish high-quality pre-schools for low-income communities, according to its website.

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In mid-November, Bezos told CNN he intended to disburse a majority of his wealth to charitable causes over the course of his life. He had an estimated net worth of $117.5 billion as of Wednesday afternoon, making him the fourth richest person in the world, according to Forbes.

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