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News from our Executive Director

by | June 27, 2019

Dear Friends, I am writing today to share the news that I will be retiring as Executive Director of the Melville Charitable Trust at the end of 2019, and to let you know that we are launching a search process for our new leader.  I invite you to review the job announcement. We’d appreciate your help […]

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Melville Charitable Trust Selects Its Next President

Dear Friends, The Board of Directors of the Melville Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that after an extensive search it has selected Susan Thomas to be the foundation’s next President, effective January 6, 2020.  As many of you know, Susan is the Trust’s Program Director, leading the foundation’s housing and racial equity efforts for […]

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New Equity Focus for the Employment and Education Opportunity Fund

by | October 3, 2019

At the Melville Trust, we are committed to incorporating a racial equity lens into all aspects of our work to end homelessness. We pledge to be intentional about calling out, and acting on, racial inequities in our field. We’ve been working to deepen our understanding of racial exclusion and what equitable grant practices look like. […]

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Secure Jobs Evaluation

by | July 16, 2019

What happens when rapid re-housing and workforce development programs join forces?  New jobs, better income, and greater housing stability for families experiencing homelessness. These are just some of the findings from a three-year study of the Secure Jobs (SJ) Connecticut pilot initiative.  SJ was designed to increase the income of homeless families by connecting them […]

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Funders for Housing and Opportunity Featured on Opportunity Starts at Home Podcast

Funders are increasingly recognizing that safe, decent, affordable housing as a cornerstone for progress in a variety of other areas. Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) is a compelling example of a collaborative cross-sector funder approach to addressing the affordable housing crisis across the country. In this episode, Susan Thomas, Program Director at the Melville […]

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A Shout Out About the Shutdown

by | January 22, 2019

As the leader of a private foundation, I don’t often opine on the operations of federal agencies.  But as the federal government shutdown begins its fifth week, I, like many Americans, feel like screaming out a window à la Peter Finch in the movie “Network.” This shutdown is not just the longest. This one seems squarely aimed […]

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Resources & Reports

Connecticut Homeless Systems Performance and Re-Design Reccomendations

A comprehensive assessment of Connecticut’s homeless response system performanceA comprehensive assessment of Connecticut’s homeless response system performance

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