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No House to Call My Home

Join us for a reading and discussion with Ryan Berg, author of No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions. Ryan will read from his award-winning book and facilitate a conversation with local youth, policy makers, and service providers about how to best support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. October 18, 2017: Boston, MA Northeastern University ISEC 101 (Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex)…

Insidious Impacts: Sequestration’s Effects on the Most Vulnerable Families

…authorities, requesting data on the impacts of sequestration. Combined with lost vouchers there is a significant reduction in administrative funding, affecting jobs and quality service provision to tenants. The direct and damaging realities reported in Connecticut include: $9,963,137 of Housing Choice Voucher funding lost $6,624,740 in public housing funding lost 862 families will lose access to housing assistance Already long waiting list times will increase…

Back to School: Taking a Campaign to End Homelessness to the Next Level

…Doors plan to prevent and end homelessness in the U.S., the Reaching Home campaign secured over $300 million in state funding for housing-based solutions to homelessness in the past three years alone. Over 130 organizations statewide are involved in the campaign, actively engaged in leadership and working committees that are advancing new approaches in service access, housing, health care, and workforce development. Reaching Home is…

What Does It Mean to End Chronic Homelessness (After We’ve Ended It)?

…User Systems Engagement), which offers services such as supportive housing and mental health services to individuals who repeatedly end up in state prison. So what does ending chronic homelessness 2.0 look like? It means looking beyond the homeless system to reforms on a grander scale, reforms that have at their heart a focus on ensuring that people living with mental illnesses have decent, affordable places…

Our Funding Approach

…Capacity of Service Providers Our funding strengthens the capacity of housing and service providers to design and deliver effective practices, collaborate, and track and assess performance. Learn more about the Medicaid Institute for Supportive Housing Agencies Transform Public and Private Systems We seek to transform public and private systems, helping them to implement effective anti-racist policies and programs, collaborate within and across agencies, track outcomes,…

In Rural America, Homeless Population May Be Bigger Than You Think

The rural homeless often crash with friends or stay in cheap motels on cold nights due to a lack of shelters. But this means homeless tallies miss them — and the state gets less funding to help them. Read the full story on NPR The Melville Trust is a proud supporter of NPR’s reporting on homelessness….

“Forging” Change in Frog Hollow through Investment & Partnership

…makers. But by 1975 Billings Forge and most of the nearby factories were shuttered. The Forge gained a second life as apartments, but the surrounding neighborhood continued to struggle. Like many other urban centers, as factory jobs were lost, neighborhood unemployment and poverty rose. Fast forward forty years: the sounds you now hear are children playing in the community garden, farmer’s market vendors selling fresh…

What We Learned by Asking our Grantee Partners, “How Are We Doing?”

…those of a smaller cohort of 15 foundations that share similar characteristics to our own. We also benefitted from the excellent write-in comments provided our survey respondents. Here is some of what we learned: Our impact on the field We are seen by our grantees as having a very strong understanding of the field in which we work, which centers on ending homelessness. And we…

News from our Executive Director

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 sharing it with talented candidates in your network. If…

Out of Reach 2018

Overview: Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. The report provides in-depth data for each state and the online companion site provides an interactive map where users can find data by zip code. Author: National Low Income Housing Coalition Date: 2018 Download Out of Reach 2018        …

2017 Year in Review

…take on what drives their work to end homelessness. > Some thoughts about why we focus on systems change and addressing root causes, and how that shapes our funding strategies. > Four of our initiatives that demonstrate the different ways we support collaboration. > Our financial report and a letter from our leadership. Author: Melville Charitable Trust Date: July 2018 See the online report  …

Three Resources to Support LGBTQ Homeless Youth

…and funders: At the Intersections: A Collaborative Resource on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness By True Colors Fund and the National LGBTQ Task Force At the Intersections is the first-of-its-kind online publication highlighting innovative approaches to supporting youth experiencing homelessness. The guide provides case studies of replicable and successful models and offers concrete solutions to ending homelessness among LGBTQ youth. The guide is very well organized, divided…

Out of Reach 2017

Overview: Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. The report provides in-depth data for each state and the online companion site provides an interactive map where users can find data by zip code. Author: National Low Income Housing Coalition Date: 2017 Download: Out of Reach 2017…

Institute for Community Research/Youth Action Hub

…her experiences mirror those of 40% of youth experiencing homelessness. And like her peers, she is resilient. With housing and services, she was able to go to school and work to support herself. Youth Action Hub with Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor for Housing Services, U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development What is the Youth Action Hub? The Youth Action Hub is a center of…

Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America

…rates of assault, exchanging sex for basic needs, and early death. Homelessness stems from more than “coming out” among LGBTQ youth. Their families faced broader issues of instability, including poverty, violence, addiction, or mental health problems. Youth made decisions about seeking services based on the reputation of the agency providing the services, and these reputations have to be earned. Safe and affirming systems and services…

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Continuing Our Investment in Frog Hollow: New Neighbors on Lawrence Street

…Housing Association of Greater Hartford worked closely with the residents to find them better quality, affordable apartments in the area. The Trust then had to consider what the best use of the building would be for the neighborhood. We asked James Vance and Associates, the architects who had renovated the Lyceum, to design both residential and office use scenarios. These were market-tested in consultation with…

Melville Trust’s Response to COVID-19

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you healthy and managing as best as possible during this incredibly challenging and uncertain time. As the world grapples with the many new realities of life during this COVID-19 crisis, all of us at the Melville Trust are especially concerned about the individuals, families and communities most impacted – the sick, frontline healthcare workers, and people already living…