March 17, 2011Fannie Mae's Annual Help the Homeless Program Raises $6.5 Million to Help Washington D.C.'s Homeless Children and Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Fannie Mae announced the results of its annual Help the Homeless Program, which raised $6.5 million in 2010 for non-profit beneficiary organizations that work to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Help the Homeless is the nation's largest fundraising effort focused on homelessness, and is now in its 24th year. In 2010, through the efforts of nearly 130,000 participating members of the Washington community, the Program was able to provide financial support to 118 beneficiary organizations, 61 of which provide services to children and youth and 76 that provide services to families.
The beneficiary organizations provide a range of services to children and families facing homelessness, including permanent affordable and supportive housing, emergency shelter, and homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing that allow clients to prevent or exit homelessness. Many organizations offer supportive services such as food programs, case management, health care, child care, drug and alcohol treatment, job training/placement, housing counseling, and financial skills training.
"Homelessness continues to be a major problem for families and children in our community. Of the nearly 12,000 people in the Washington, DC area who are homeless, more than one in four are children," said Michael Williams, President and CEO, Fannie Mae. "We are very proud of the tremendous work and generosity of our employees, our neighbors and our partners in their efforts to provide solutions and services for the homeless and improve their lives."
Help the Homeless is a yearlong fundraising program with events including an annual Walkathon on the National Mall, community Mini-Walks in the greater Washington region, and opportunities for members of the community to make a donation, become a sponsor, or volunteer their time to support organizations dedicated to serving the homeless.
"On any given day in the District, there are 1,500 children in families who are in shelter or seeking shelter. Funds raised through the Help the Homeless Program allow us to provide critical programs to help protect childhood for children who reside in homeless shelters," said Jamila Larson, executive director of the Homeless Children's Playtime Project, one of the Program's beneficiary organizations.
Of those that are homeless in the Washington D.C. area, more than 40 percent are families and roughly one-quarter are children. Among the organizations that the Help the Homeless Program supported in 2010:
This year's Help the Homeless Walkathon will be held on the National Mall on Saturday, November 19, 2011 and community Mini-Walks will begin on Friday, July 1, 2011. The application process for nonprofits to apply for the 2011 Help the Homeless Program will open up in the spring and will be available at www.helpthehomelessdc.org.