The Project on Family Homelessness in the Institute of Public Service received a $300,000 two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will enable the project to continue its communications work about family homelessness in Washington state. This is the seventh Gates Foundation grant awarded to the project since its establishment in 2010.
“The Project on Family Homelessness increases public awareness and understanding of family homelessness and its causes and solutions,” said Professor Larry Hubbell, director of the Institute of Public Service. Hubbell is the principal investigator on the grant.
The project uses journalism, art and storytelling projects to educate and engage the community in ending family homelessness. Working with community partners, project director Catherine Hinrichsen leads a team of students who create communications content, coordinate special events and assist partners with communications activities. Recent work includes the major storytelling projects, “Finding Our Way,” in partnership with StoryCorps , and “Home: Lost and Found” with The Moth, as well as partnering on this fall’s “Streetwise Revisited” community engagement program by the Seattle Public Library.