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

by | July 21, 2021

One of the enduring lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is how fundamental housing is to us all. As the pandemic raged, our homes became places of safety and sanctuary. Spending more time at home became a public health imperative—with our homes transformed into full-time places of work and school. In the post-pandemic world, working at […]

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Imagining a new system for land use and zoning

by | June 9, 2021

There is a famous saying that systems do exactly what they are designed to do. The housing system is no exception. It does what it was built to do – preference some populations at the expense of others and keep safe, stable housing out of reach for too many of our neighbors. Targeted, systematic, and […]

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The Stories We Tell

by | February 11, 2021

We tend to tell children heartening stories that have happy endings, and tales that boost their ambitious dreams. Celebrating potential and positivity are cornerstones of storytelling aimed at kids, yet the stories we tell each other about pressing social challenges tend to focus on problems, rather than possibilities. When our children ask why people sleep […]

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How We Are Working to “Meet the Moment”

by | November 11, 2020

Dear friends, In April, as the COVID-19 virus was radically transforming our lives and world, we shared details about the Trust’s response, which included immediately redirecting funds toward emergency COVID-19 relief in Connecticut, streamlining our grant processes and offering flexible support to our grantee partners. At that point the impact of COVID-19 was just beginning […]

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Alyia Gaskins Joins the Trust as Senior Program Officer

by | November 9, 2020

The Trust is thrilled to announce that Alyia Gaskins has joined our team as Senior Program Officer. Alyia’s work will primarily focus on housing affordability and housing stability as key components of preventing and ending homelessness for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). A public health strategist and urban planner, Alyia has over 10 […]

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A Personal Reflection by Melville Trust President Susan Thomas

by | November 2, 2020

There is something fundamentally wrong with this country’s priorities. In addition to the gravity of losing thousands of lives a day, millions of Americans have been waiting since May for Congress to provide the adequate financial relief needed to blunt the crushing economic impact of the pandemic. Yet, amid this crisis, lawmakers have identified, “vetted” […]

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

by | October 27, 2020

The US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) recently released a new strategic plan to end homelessness called Expanding the Toolbox: The Whole-of-Government Response to Homelessness. Unfortunately, it is not a plan. Instead, it is an expansive list of recommendations that ignores the root causes of homelessness and disregards 30 years of evidence about what works. […]

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