Bellevue’s Mary’s Place wins PSE Foundation grant to help fund homeless shelter.

Several other King County non-profits were awarded grants for their efforts to help the homeless.

The Puget Sound Energy Foundation has announced the recipients of $800,000 of grant funding that supports several nonprofit organizations that the foundation says are leading the way in the prevention and elimination of homelessness throughout PSE’s 10-county service area.

These awards were based on a new approach utilizing trust-based philanthropy methodology. By developing an evaluation model that works to lessen the burden often placed on organizations doing this charitable work, PSEF was able to focus on core aspirations, principles and best practices.

Each unrestricted $25,000 grant is designed to provide financial flexibility for organizations doing this important work. The initiative is anchored by two $50,000 grants focused on homeless youth awarded to Mary’s Place and Northwest Youth Services. The Mary’s Place grant will support the new family shelter in Bellevue.

“We’re excited to partner with the Puget Sound Energy Foundation to open a Kids Club in our new downtown Bellevue Family Center shelter. This space will be a haven for kids to play, read, do homework, and just be kids. We are so grateful for PSEF’s love and support to create a place for kids that’s safe, fun, and uniquely their own,” said Mary’s Place Executive Director Marty Hartman.

The nonprofits receiving grants serve their communities through a broad spectrum of programs aimed at those experiencing homelessness, including providing basic necessities, warm clothing and food, to emergency shelter and even pathways to homeownership.

Other King County organizations to win grant awards include: Facing Homelessness, Plymouth Housing, YouthCare, New Bethlehem Shelter – CCS, King County Library System Foundation, and Vashon Interfaith Council on Homelessness.