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Invest in America’s Infrastructure by Expanding Access to Affordable Housing

by | July 21, 2021

One of the enduring lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is how fundamental housing is to us all. As the pandemic raged, our homes became places of safety and sanctuary. Spending more time at home became a public health imperative—with our homes transformed into full-time places of work and school. In the post-pandemic world, working at […]

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Imagining a new system for land use and zoning

by | June 9, 2021

There is a famous saying that systems do exactly what they are designed to do. The housing system is no exception. It does what it was built to do – preference some populations at the expense of others and keep safe, stable housing out of reach for too many of our neighbors. Targeted, systematic, and […]

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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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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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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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Out of Reach 2018

by | June 13, 2018

Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing in the United States.

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The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes

by | March 13, 2018

A detailed examination of the rental affordability crisis in our nation.

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$10 Million From 9 Foundations Will Call Attention the Lack of Low-Cost Housing

The Trust joined forces with eight national foundations to create Funders for Housing and Opportunity, a funding collaborative dedicated to ensuring ensure individuals and families across America can afford safe, stable rentals in thriving communities.

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Why Affordable Housing Could Become Harder To Find

by | January 9, 2018

Poor families in the United States are having an increasingly difficult time finding an affordable place to live, due to high rents, static incomes and a shortage of housing aid. Tenant advocates worry that the new tax bill, as well as potential cuts in housing aid, will make the problem worse.

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Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities — A Worsening Crisis

by | December 13, 2017

Kevin Martone, Executive Director of TAC, on the ever-worsening affordability gap for extremely low-income renters with disabilities.

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Priced Out: The Housing Crisis for People for Disabilities

by | December 13, 2017

There is no housing market in the United States where a person with a disability whose sole source of income is SSI can afford a safe, decent rental unit. Priced out shows the scope of the problem and proven solutions to fix it.

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Homeless Population Rises, Driven By West Coast Affordable-Housing Crisis

by | December 7, 2017

For the first time since 2010, the number of homeless people has increased due to the affordable housing crisis on the West Coast. Overall, the nation’s homeless numbers are 13 percent lower than they were in 2010 and some communities have all but eliminated homelessness among veterans,

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Out of Reach 2017

by | June 12, 2017

Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing in the U.S.

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Out of Reach

by | November 16, 2016

An in-depth report on the housing affordability crisis in each state.

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Anatomy of a Preservation Deal

by | August 6, 2016

Case study of the Billings Forge Complex in Hartford, CT and the partnership between the Melville Trust and the Preservation of Affordable Housing.

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