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Why We Are In The Car Repair Business

Yesterday I picked up my partner’s 2005 Maxima at West Cork Auto, the local repair shop in my neighborhood run by the friendliest mechanic you have ever met. Patrick reeled off the parts that he fixed—ball joint, control arm, fan belt—and I knew I would be walking out of the garage with a hefty bill. If I didn’t fix the car, Patrick told me it…

Introducing “A Way Home America”

…Megan Gibbard at the helm of this bold effort. Megan spearheaded the response to youth homelessness in King County, Washington and is a nationally recognized leader in her work with homeless youth. Her commitment and vision for this work is inspiring. Here’s a short video I shot of Megan officially launching the initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UTYbctm6Y4     You can learn more at awayhomeamerica.org and @awayhomeamerica  …

Ending Homelessness for LGBTQ Youth: A Conversation with Ryan Berg

…My Home, Ryan Berg’s debut memoir, is one of those books that’s both incredibly painful to read and at the same time impossible to put down. Berg is a gifted writer who spent several years as a caseworker in a group home for LGBGTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) homeless youth in New York. In No House to Call My Home, he invites us into…

Meet the Youth Action Hub

…belongings in my car–everything I needed daily in the front seat, all my clothes in the backseat, everything else I needed in the trunk, and the rest of it in a box in my mom’s closet. Needless to say, it was hard. Holy heck, it was hard. I met a lot of people in a similar situation while I was floating around from house to…

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…

Beyond Four Walls and A Roof: Investing in Community

Part two in our series on Solutions Only a stone’s throw away from Connecticut’s Capitol, Frog Hollow is a working-class neighborhood in Hartford, rich in history and vibrant in culture. It is also one of the poorest neighborhoods in the state, with 45% of its families living in poverty. Over the past ten years, the Melville Trust has invested over $20 million in the north…

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

…end homelessness. The house at 257 Lawrence Street was built in 1880 as a grand single family home in the Italianate style. It had fallen upon hard times when the Trust purchased it as part of its larger neighborhood revitalization strategy. The once stately house had been subdivided into several efficiency apartments that suffered from increasingly deteriorating and ultimately unsafe conditions. Our partners at Mutual…

Funders for Housing and Opportunity

…As rents spiral out of control, it has become clear that the private market alone is not able to produce housing that people with the lowest incomes can afford. Funders for Housing and Opportunity is setting out to leverage leadership and investment from the public sector and the active participation of communities to bring about the large-scale changes that will improve the lives of people…

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Announcing Our New Grantmaking Strategy

I am very excited to announce the Trust’s new grantmaking strategy, designed to help us achieve our mission to prevent and end homelessness. We remain more committed than ever to our mission, but it is time to hone our approach. Not only is homelessness changing – we’re seeing more homeless families than ever before, and youth homelessness is a growing concern—but we now know so…

Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America

…has their own unique history, there are striking commonalities. For LGBTQ young people who are also black, people of color, and immigrants their LGBTQ identity exists alongside of their other marginalized identities. Homelessness is rarely a singular “event” involving coming out and an eviction from the family home and young people’s LGBTQ identity is only one factor involved in household tensions that lead to homelessness….

Institute for Community Research/Youth Action Hub

…research and advocacy comprised of dedicated youth and young adult researchers between the ages of 16-24 from the greater Hartford area. Founded in 2015 by Dr. Heather Mosher at the Institute for Community Research, in partnership with the Center for Children’s Advocacy and the Trust, the Hub is housed within the Institute for Community Research, a Hartford-based nonprofit organization that helps communities and organized groups…

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…

Connecticut, We Have Something Big to Celebrate Today

…hang a mission accomplished banner, it’s important to understand what it means to “end chronic homelessness among veterans.” If I’m “chronically homeless” it means that I’ve either been homeless for a long time—a year or more—or several times over the past few years. The marker is at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years. It means that I also have a serious…

#40toNoneDay: A Commitment to End LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

…of oppressive anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping across North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi over the past few weeks (as I write this in preparation for tomorrow, protesters are being arrested at the state house in North Carolina), LGBTQ youth need to know that they are valued and have our support Today we reaffirm our commitment to ending homeless for everyone, and to ensuring that all LGBTQ youth…

Stand up, Speak up: Three resources for getting involved in the budget debates today

…most effective practices in reducing homelessness could be undone—including Housing First, for which there is a large and growing evidence base of its effectiveness. A perfect example of this is Connecticut’s 24% drop in homelessness over the past three years, due in large part to its provision of supportive housing and rapid-rehousing grounded in Housing First principles. That’s why I am heartened to see so…

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  …

To End Homelessness, We Have to Remember the Larger Goal

…over your head, you can’t afford to care as much about how it gets there as you care about having it. When you’re the one providing it, though, you can’t afford not to care, not if your interest is in preventing and ending homelessness. While getting a roof over everyone’s head is a vital goal, by itself it won’t solve the problem of homelessness. The…