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 “Where People Live Matters.” Housing Funders Seek Systemic Change as Crises Mount


The Melville Trust is featured in this Inside Philanthropy article about philanthropy’s role in addressing homelessness, the lack of affordable housing and the looming eviction crisis.

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The Melville Charitable Trust is the largest foundation in the U.S. exclusively devoted to ending homelessness. We invest in proven, lasting, and cost-effective solutions that enable people who have experienced homelessness to reclaim their lives.

Our Program Areas


Housing is key to preventing and ending homelessness. We support efforts to increase the supply of deeply affordable rental housing, expand rental subsidies, and improve access to housing for people who have a history of homelessness.

Health & Support

Staying housed involves more than just paying rent. We support efforts that connect people to the supports they need—financial, medical, legal—that keep them healthy and housed.


Without a stable and decent paying job, the chances of sliding into homelessness are immense. We support approaches that help employ people who have experienced homelessness or are at-risk of becoming homeless.

Beyond grantmaking

Reaching Home: Ending Homelessness in Connecticut

The first statewide campaign in the country dedicated to ending all forms of homelessness using the federal Opening Doors plan as a framework for change.


Frog Hollow, Hartford: Investing in a Neighborhood

Our commitment to bring jobs, investment, and opportunity to Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.

Kristen and Javi Secure Jobs

Secure Jobs Connecticut 2.0: Helping Homeless Families Get Back to Work

A pilot to increase the income of families transitioning out of homelessness by connecting them to the resources they need to get and keep good jobs.


A Way Home America: Ending Youth Homelessness

A new movement to prevent and end homeless in for all youth and young adults in the U.S. by 2020.


Funders for Housing and Opportunity: Making Home Affordable for All

A philanthropic collaborative committed to bettering life outcomes for the millions of Americans that lack stable housing by addressing housing affordability.