Supportive Communities

Human Services

The Powell Foundation seeks to foster community wellbeing by empowering children, families, and individuals with the resources and supports they need to flourish.

Our Human Services investments are focused in the following areas

Stabilization &


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We invest in organizations who champion efforts to:

  • Address food security and hunger alleviation at scale for children, youth, families, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Provide housing, wrap-around services, and skill-building programs for homeless and housing insecure individuals, including transition-age youth.
  • Promote emotional wellbeing of children and youth in crisis by providing mental/behavioral health interventions and supports.
  • Coordinate and build the capacity of school systems to use evidence-based practices to promote students’ mental and behavioral health, including prevention, identification, and treatment efforts.

The Powell Foundation is interested in understanding the extent to which our Human Services investments impact the following population-level indicators:

Percent of the population who are living below the federal poverty level or are considered ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed)
Number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness
Number of individuals experiencing food insecurity
Reduction in adverse childhood experiences

Grantee Spotlights

Mental Health America of Greater Houston

Mental Health America of Greater Houston is committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. It works within Houston-area schools to ensure students are adequately supported and that schools are equipped to promote healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development. Powell Foundation funds support the implementation of prevention and early intervention services for over 25,000 school-age children.


LifeWorks programs are designed to increase long-term self-sufficiency and create housing stability for Austin youth through the age of 26. LifeWorks, the largest youth-service provider in Central Texas, connects youth to permanent housing and provides case management and a continuum of wraparound supports. The Powell Foundation funded efforts to keep vulnerable Austin ISD students in stable housing and enrolled in school.

Kids’ Meals

With an estimated 50,000 preschool-aged children facing hunger in Houston, Kids’ Meals seeks to end childhood hunger by delivering free, nutritious meals right to the doorsteps of the youngest children in Houston’s most underserved communities. Powell grant funds were leveraged to address the growing number of children and families impacted by food insecurity in Houston.

Interested in applying?

Review our Application Process for deadlines, qualifications, and more.