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Jacksonville's Changing Homelessness gets $2.5M Bezos grant to 'double down on our work'

People camp in Downtown Jacksonville in February 2022.
Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
People camp in Downtown Jacksonville in February 2022.

Jacksonville-based Changing Homelessness has received a $2.5 million grant — the largest in the agency's nearly 50-year history of serving struggling families in Duval and Nassau counties — from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Day 1 Families Fund.

The nonprofit will use the money to "leverage and improve existing family programs and fill in identified gaps," CEO Dawn Gilman said.

“It has been our community’s experience that we make good progress in reducing homelessness when we consistently focus on improving housing goals," Gilman said. "Extraordinary progress can be made when we build and support a culture that consistently looks to improve outcomes and does not fear pivoting when presented with new information."

Read the rest of this story from WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.