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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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Melville in the News

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

Published in insidephilanthropy.com September 16, 2020 What can philanthropy do when crises compound and underfunded needs grow even more urgent, with bleak prospects to come? Whatever their giving priorities, that’s a question a lot of funders have asked themselves in 2020, and it’s especially apt for housing funders. Even before COVID-19, most of the field […]

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Housing is Healthcare and Connecticut Needs More of It

Published in Viewpoints section / CT Mirror As our country continues to reel from the COVID-19 virus and the economic fallout it has created, some of our elected leaders are relying on old models of thinking to try and bring our country through a series of crises that require new ways of doing business. For […]

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Sharing News of Our Decision to Close Firebox

by | June 2, 2020

Dear friends, In 2007 the Melville Charitable Trust launched Firebox, a farm-to-table restaurant in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. Our vision was to serve extraordinary food and to bring jobs, investment, and opportunity to the community. It is no exaggeration to say that Firebox succeeded far beyond our expectations. A leader in the farm-to-table […]

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