Common Ground Receives $200,000 Grant From Bank Of America Charitable Foundation To Help House Homeless Via National "100,000 Homes Campaign"

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Common Ground National, one of the nation’s largest providers of supportive housing, today announced it has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its 100,000 Homes Campaign, a three year effort to house 100,000 long term and vulnerable homeless by July of 2013. This is among the largest grants received to date for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which works with communities across the nation to organize local volunteer survey teams who administer public health surveys to identify the homeless with the most serious health needs, enabling the most vulnerable to be more quickly matched with homes and other needed assistance.

Common Ground National, one of the nation’s largest providers of supportive housing, today announced it has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its 100,000 Homes Campaign, a three year effort to house 100,000 long term and vulnerable homeless by July of 2013. This is among the largest grants received to date for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which works with communities across the nation to organize local volunteer survey teams who administer public health surveys to identify the homeless with the most serious health needs, enabling the most vulnerable to be more quickly matched with homes and other needed assistance.

Today’s announcement was made at the conclusion of a 100,000 Homes Campaign ‘Registry Week’ in San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Clean & Safe program, Downtown Partnership, United Way of San Diego, San Diego Housing Commission, and the Centre City Development Corporation, whereby over 200 volunteers conducted three days of pre-dawn surveys with people living on downtown streets, creating a by-name registry to identify those most vulnerable and their specific needs, and get them into housing.

In addition to grant dollars, Bank of America has committed its vast network of associates to volunteer for local Registry Week events in San Diego and across the country as part of its partnership with Common Ground to address homelessness. In April, Bank of America commenced a "Million Hour Challenge" for its associates around the world to donate one million volunteer hours by the end of 2010.

“Thank you to Bank of America for its leadership and contribution to this major effort to address chronic homelessness all across our country,” said Rosanne Haggerty, Common Ground founder and president. “The bank stepped forward and gave hope to all of us who are involved with the 100,000 Homes Campaign with this commitment, sending a signal that corporate social responsibility can be focused on the most urgent needs of our society, changing lives and saving lives in the process.”

“The economic downturn has created a new wave of homeless individuals and families on top of those who were already living on the streets. Bank of America recognizes that ensuring vulnerable populations have access to basic services is a critical component to revitalizing our nation’s economy,” said Kerry Sullivan, president, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “That is why Bank of America is working with leading nonprofit organizations like Common Ground to support innovative efforts to bring breakthrough solutions to bare in communities experiencing record levels of homelessness.

Bank of America joined Common Ground and the National Alliance to End Homelessness in July to announce the 100,000 Homes Campaign, and addresses the continuum of care for underserved populations by supporting and strengthening non-profits that directly provide support to the most vulnerable in local communities.

About Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy
Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, last year Bank of America embarked on a new, 10-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $200 million in 2009, making the bank one of the largest corporate cash donors in the United States. Bank of America approaches investing through a national strategy under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities. Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service, the bank announced the “Million Hour Challenge,” a pledge by the company’s associates around the world to donate 1 million volunteer hours by the end of 2010. In 2009, bank associate volunteers contributed more than 800,000 hours to enhance the quality of life in their communities nationwide. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundation

More than 50 communities are currently participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington DC, that cumulatively has already housed more than 5,600 individuals and families since the program began in July. In major cities across America, homeless services groups are working with Common Ground to share best practices and find breakthrough solutions to long-standing problems contributing to the growing homeless epidemic.

For more information on the 100,000 Homes Campaign and efforts by participating communities, go to http://www.100khomes.org.

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