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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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“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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Melville Trust’s Response to COVID-19

by | April 21, 2020

The Trust has always invested in addressing the underlying systems that cause homelessness, and in times of unprecedented challenge we believe it’s important for us to stay the course and remain focused.

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Reflections and Gratitude from Our Executive Director

by | December 18, 2019

As I approach my retirement at the end of this month, I feel such a deep sense of gratitude to all those individuals and organizations who, over the course of my career, have taken me under their wings, allowed me to learn on the job with great mentors, and given me invaluable experience in a […]

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