Pearl Jam today announced its Home Shows initiative, where they played two concerts in Seattle, raised $10.8 million to be distributed to nearly 100 organizations working to fight homelessness in Seattle and King County. The money was raised with the help of more than 170 Partners—corporations, philanthropies, restaurants and small businesses—along with thousands of individuals, inspired by Pearl Jam’s Home Shows concerts Aug. 8 and 10. Most Homes Shows Partners have designated the organizations that will receive their financial commitments, which total nearly $7.8 million.
More than $1.3 million is being distributed by The Home Shows to nonprofits selected by Pearl Jam with guidance from a 19-member Advisory Group of service providers, issue experts and funders. Those funds will be targeted to two areas: Diversion, a strategy to reduce the length of time families and individuals experience homelessness, and Youth Homelessness.
“From the start, we hoped businesses, foundations and individuals would see themselves in this work,” said Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam guitarist, co-founder and lifelong Seattle resident. “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.”