SEATTLE (CelebrityAccess) – Pearl Jam announced this week that their recent Home Shows, which took place back in August, raised $10.8 million in support of various homeless initiatives across Seattle and King County.
According to a statement from the band, who worked with more than 170 local businesses and philanthropic partners to make the fundraising efforts possible, they will distribute $7.8 million to nearly 100 different organizations with more than $1.3 million being distributed to nonprofits selected by PJ and an advisory group of experts.
The four areas targeted for the funds include diversion (helping the homeless stay in housing and prevent them from entering the homeless system); outreach, engagement and support (providing the homeless with relevant services); system change (exploring new approaches to assisting the homeless); and housing (finding safe, stable housing for the homeless).
Commenting on the initiative, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard explained in a statement: “From the start, we hoped businesses, foundations and individuals would see themselves in this work. The Home Shows initiative is about bringing the issue of homelessness closer to all of us — increasing our understanding of a complex issue, our empathy for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and our resolve for working together. We’re proud of what our city has done. Now we need to stay inspired. There’s a lot more to do.”
Click here to see the full list of organizations benefiting from the Home Shows funds.