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

personal protective equipment to people experiencing homelessness in St. Louis. One of the more uplifting tales to emerge from COVID is the speed at which local philanthropies and charities, often in partnership with local governments, were able to get people into emergency shelters and keep more people from becoming homeless amid a confusing flurry of variably enforced eviction moratoria. “There was an incredible amount of…

Imagining a new system for land use and zoning

…and other minorities from homeownership, decent affordable housing and thriving neighborhoods. For example, in the 1930s, the Federal Housing Administration through a practice known as redlining, labeled areas in and near African-American neighborhoods as hazardous and refused to insure mortgages in these communities. While redlining is now illegal, predatory loans, subprime lending, gentrification and displacement continue to shape who is able to own a home…

Our Funding Approach

to take the long view and learn what is working well and from what is less successful. Based on evidence and our own experience over the past 25 years, we believe that ending homelessness requires: a commitment and willingness for all of us to rethink how we do our work, collaborate, and learn together in new ways organizations to cross traditional boundaries and individuals to

How We Are Working to “Meet the Moment”

need created by the pandemic. There are no easy solutions, and we are fully aware that our contributions are only powerful if they are part of a much larger movement. That said, we are pleased to share news about several new funding commitments we’ve made to meet this particular moment in our nation’s history. In order to respond to the urgency of this time, our…

Reflections and Gratitude from Our Executive Director

…an uptick in advocacy, mobilizing and pushing government to do the right things and undo the wrong things. In some parts of the country this new activism is leading to stronger tenant protections, greater investments in housing affordability and supply, and important zoning reforms. It is a time ripe with opportunity for organizing and pushing for change. There is so much work to be done.

Secure Jobs Connecticut 2.0

in order to achieve better short- and long-term outcomes for themselves and their families. Support included flexible funds to help with childcare and transportation, assistance with job searches and interviews, and greater coordination across agencies to build a network of effective wrap-around services. Read more about the Secure Jobs Connecticut pilot , the summary evaluation and full evaluation .     The Melville Trust’s Role…

A Personal Reflection by Melville Trust President Susan Thomas

…I ask this because I, too, am a woman of faith, and in fact I am obligated to hold my brothers and sisters in Christ accountable to what’s been asked of us. In their defense of life, I wish those same brothers and sisters would get just as angry about the 170,000 families with children who don’t have a home in which to “shelter in

How Housing Matters

Overview: Key findings from a nationwide survey on Americans’ experiences, attitudes, and perceptions about housing and the role that affordable, stable housing plays in their lives and communities. Author: MacArthur Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and the Melville Charitable Trust conducted by Hart Research Associates Date: April 2016   Download: How Housing Matters…

Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here’s How

Over the past decade, Utah’s toughest cases of homeless people dropped to fewer than 200, from nearly 2,000. Utah’s size and support from Mormon leaders are among the reasons for its success. Read the full story on NPR The Melville Trust is a proud supporter of NPR’s reporting on homelessness…

How Would Terminating the USICH Affect Efforts to End Homelessness?

Overview: To understand the US Interagency Council on Homelessness’s (USICH’s) role in the nation’s efforts to end homelessness and potential effects of the agency’s planned termination in 2017, the authors interviewed more than 40 federal and local stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Overwhelmingly, stakeholders considered USICH an important part of a highly effective performance-driven partnership and argued that terminating USICH could slow…

How Trump’s Cuts To Community Development Could Affect One Connecticut City

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal plans to zero out funding for something called Community Development Block Grants — money that goes from the federal government to states and municipalities to use as they see fit. Read the full story on WNPR The Melville Trust is a proud supporter of WNPR’s reporting on housing and homelessness in Connecticut….

Jobs template

…and symptoms of poverty in Connecticut by investing in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood, a community within several blocks of the State Capitol that had long suffered from disinvestment and lack of opportunity. Melville Trust’s mission-related investments in real estate and program development in Frog Hollow targeted both immediate needs and longer-term strategies, recognizing that neighborhood development is an incremental process that takes time. The investments…

What is Rapid Re-Housing?

Overview: A short introduction to Rapid Re-housing, an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Author: National Alliance to End Homelessness Date: 2016 https://youtu.be/frWexyi6qAk…

Melville Trust Response to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Strategic Plan

…proven to have lower costs than other interventions such as transitional housing, studies show Housing First reduces re-entry into the justice system. According to the Urban Institute’s Housing Matters initiative: “Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, like other jurisdictions, implemented Housing First to reduce reentry to jail. Milwaukee found that after a year of service delivery, municipal violations decreased by 82%, and the number of people experiencing homelessness…

How Will Connecticut’s Budget Crisis Affect Efforts to End Homelessness?

Advocates worry that recent cuts threaten the state’s position as a national leader in ending homelessness. Read and listen to the full story at WNPR The Melville Trust is a proud supporter of WNPR’s reporting on housing and homelessness in Connecticut….

The Stories We Tell

…live without a home, and that we can end homelessness by making housing affordable and providing extra support to people who need it, rather than saying people experiencing homelessness are most likely addicts who can’t be helped. When beautiful, multi-unit homes are ready to be built in your town, imagine telling your neighbors that having apartments near shops and residents from different backgrounds will make…

Invest in America’s Infrastructure by Expanding Access to Affordable Housing

…gaps in the homeownership rate is essential to creating a more just and fair society that will benefit everyone. We are heartened that several important housing initiatives are being considered in the ongoing discussions about how to upgrade America’s infrastructure. Importantly, many of these initiatives also enjoy strong bipartisan support. Significantly expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, a program initially created by Sens. George Mitchell…

Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction

For low-income renters, eviction is a constant threat. Read and listen to the full story at NPR The Melville Trust is a proud supporter of NPR’s reporting on homelessness….

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