Our Work

The Melville Charitable Trust is the largest foundation in the U.S. exclusively devoted to ending homelessness. Our grantmaking dollars are roughly split between efforts to end homelessness in our home state of Connecticut and in creating a better policy environment at the national level. For over 25 years, we have consistently and strategically invested in proven, lasting, and cost-effective solutions that enable people with the least resources to reclaim their lives. And where solutions have not yet been identified we support exploration and innovation to find the most promising approaches. Given the clear racial disparities of those most likely to experience homelessness, the Trust focuses its work through a racial equity lens, knowing that we will not end homelessness until we prevent and end it for black and brown people.

The United States is the wealthiest country in the world and yet on any one night, over half a million people don’t have a place to call home. Learn more about the state of homelessness in the U.S. and the promising solutions that will help us end this crisis.


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Our Approach

Homelessness is too big and too complex a problem to be approached in silos. At the core of all our grantmaking is a commitment to systems change that:

  • strengthens relationships between people and between organizations
  • improves ways of working together
  • cultivates the public will and leadership to make change happen
Learn more about our funding approach
Our Program Areas


Housing is key to preventing and ending homelessness. We support efforts to increase the supply of deeply affordable rental housing, expand rental subsidies, and improve access to housing for people who have a history of homelessness.

Health & Support

Staying housed involves more than just paying rent. We support efforts that connect people to the supports they need—financial, medical, legal—that keep them healthy and housed.


Without a stable and decent paying job, the chances of sliding into homelessness are immense. We support approaches that help employ people who have experienced homelessness or are at-risk of becoming homeless.

Grant Inquiries

The majority of our grants are made to organizations independently identified by our staff. Learn more about our funding process.

Beyond grantmaking

Reaching Home: Ending Homelessness in Connecticut

The first statewide campaign in the country dedicated to ending all forms of homelessness using the federal Opening Doors plan as a framework for change.


Frog Hollow, Hartford: Investing in a Neighborhood

Our commitment to bring jobs, investment, and opportunity to Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.

Kristen and Javi Secure Jobs

Secure Jobs Connecticut 2.0: Helping Homeless Families Get Back to Work

A pilot to increase the income of families transitioning out of homelessness by connecting them to the resources they need to get and keep good jobs.


A Way Home America: Ending Youth Homelessness

A new movement to prevent and end homeless in for all youth and young adults in the U.S. by 2020.


Funders for Housing and Opportunity: Making Home Affordable for All

A philanthropic collaborative committed to bettering life outcomes for the millions of Americans that lack stable housing by addressing housing affordability.