Jeff Raikes, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEOIn a speech to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce on September 24th, Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke of the foundation's most important local project -- ending family homelessness. Raikes spoke of the work of the Washington Families Fund led by Building Changes. // Read more...

Julia K. Dinsmore, author of the poem, My Name Is Not "Those People", is a storyteller, artist, social change maker of twenty-five years, working to end poverty and homelessness.

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If you’ve ever wondered exactly how the work of Building Changes is impacting individuals and communities across the state, the Washington Families Fund grant awards announcement that took place on April 7th in Cowlitz County is a great example.

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The Daily News, 4/18/09

An editorial highlighting the work of Building Changes and the impact of its grantmaking in Cowlitz County.

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The Daily News, 4/8/09

Coverage of Building Changes' announcement of $1 million in grant awards to two nonprofit providers in Cowlitz County.

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Eight grants totaling $3,531,595 have been awarded to service-enriched housing providers throughout the Washington State, including nearly $1 million in first-time grants in Cowlitz County.
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The News Tribune, 3/30/09

An editorial by columnist Kathleen Merryman calls the expanded work of the Washington Families fund ambitious and challenging but "worth the risk and expense."

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Everett Herald, 3/20/09

An editorial that praises the Washington Families Fund public-private partnership model in tackling family homelessness.

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The Seattle Times, 3/19/09

Report on the Washington Families Fund partnership of governments, businesses and nonprofits pledging to redouble its efforts to help the growing number of homeless families in Washington State. The pledge includes up to $60 million over 10 years by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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On Thursday, March 19, more than 20 public and private community partners affirmed their deep and shared commitment to reducing family homelessness in Washington State, pledging to reduce by 5000 the number of children and their family members experiencing homelessness in our state over the next decade.

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