Three Mass. Nonprofits Each Win $125K for Affordable Housing
November 24, 2018 The TD Charitable Foundation recently announced it awarded a $125,000 grant to each of three Massachusetts nonprofits working to support their efforts to advance affordable housing initiatives in connection with a competition that awarded a total of 25 similar grants along the East Coast.
The "Housing for Everyone" grant competition is supporting access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable housing units for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, Veterans, the disabled, women and youth. It also seeks to fund the development and maintenance of programs that educate and assist individuals in finding permanent or transitional housing opportunities that meet their needs.
"The winners of this year's Housing for Everyone competition embody The Ready Commitment pillar of Financial Security," said Lisa Gruner, head of social impact at the foundation. "TD is honored to fund these organizations' projects which will help to increase financial wellness to families and individuals across our footprint."
Receiving the funds were the following:
- Caritas Communities in Braintree, which provide permanent housing and support services to very low-income individuals.
Caritas Communities, founded in 1985, today is the largest non-profit owner and manager of affordable permanent single-room occupancy housing in Greater Boston. It has developed 30 buildings in 14 communities, with two more currently in progress, and serves more than 1,000 people.
- Lawrence CommunityWorks in Lawrence, a community development corporation that develops high-quality affordable housing with the goal of creating vibrant neighborhoods and empowered residents.
Founded in 1986 as Heritage Common Community Development Corporation by a local group of affordable housing activists, Lawrence CommunityWorks view community building as "the process of creating environments where that structural framework that network of relationships can flourish."
- NewVue Communities in Fitchburg, which has developed apartments and commercial properties in Fitchburg, Leominster, and around North Central Massachusetts.
NewVue Communities was founded in 1979 in the Cleghorn Neighborhood of Fitchburg to help save jobs in that area. The organization expanded its territory in 1985 to encompass all of Fitchburg and again in 1996 to include its twin city of Leominster and changed its name to Twin Cities Community Development Corporation. Then, in 2015, the organization partnered with the Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation to expand to serve all of North Central Massachusetts and renamed to NewVueCommunities to better reflect its vision and expanded service territory.
Grants made through the Housing for Everyone program help local nonprofits provide affordable housing to individuals and families, leading to improvements in their ability to plan for the future and participate more fully in educational and economic opportunities.
Projects funded by the grants focus on the preservation, rehabilitation or expansion of viable existing affordable housing properties; the creation of new units of affordable housing; or programs or services that help individuals access affordable housing.