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March 2, 2021
 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Gives $6.8M to Nonprofits
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

January 31, 2021 — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a nonprofit health care system based in Boston, recently announced it awarded $6.8 million to 17 area nonprofit organizations to support housing affordability, jobs and financial security, and behavioral health, as part of a larger effort over the next six years to invest in the community.

Pete Healy, president of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), said, "BIDMC has a proud history of supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities. This important milestone reflects our commitment to all the populations that we serve. We look forward to working with these impactful organizations to support programs and initiatives that lead to more equitable and healthy communities."

The following organizations will receive funding:

  • African Community Economic Development of New England, $100,000 for behavioral health
  • Asian Community Development Corporation, $500,000 for housing affordability
  • Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender Youth, $500,000 for housing affordability
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, $100,000 for behavioral health
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, $1 million for housing affordability, jobs and financial security, and behavioral health
  • Charles River Community Health, $100,000 for behavioral health
  • City Life/Vida Urbana, $500,000 for housing affordability
  • Community Servings, $500,000 for jobs and financial security
  • English for New Bostonians, $500,000 for jobs and financial security
  • The Family Van, $500,000 for behavioral health
  • Fathers' Uplift, $500,000 for behavioral health
  • Fenway Community Development Corporation, $500,000 for housing affordability
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, $100,000 for behavioral health
  • North Suffolk Mental Health Association, $270,000 for behavior health services in Chelsea
  • Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, $100,000 for housing affordability
  • Metro Housing|Boston, $1 million for housing affordability, and jobs and financial security
  • Sociedad Latina, $100,000 for jobs and financial security

Metro Housing|Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to prevent homelessness and increase housing stability, said nearly $700,000 from its grant will be dispensed directly to participants in the form of monthly reimbursements to their housing voucher rent share. Metro Housing will survey working voucher families to see how they spend money that they receive, and to determine if there is any impact on what is known as “cliff effects."

As household income rises, a corresponding reduction in benefits makes salary increases result in static or decreased total household income. For families working to escape poverty, working harder to generate the same or less income has a discouraging effect on labor market participation. This phenomenon is known as cliff effects.

"Working families are impacted disproportionally to those that subsist off benefits alone," says Susan Nohl, deputy director of Metro Housing. "This cruel cycle traps low-income residents on a plateau of subsistence, actively penalizing them for attempting to thrive. Our hope is that the data returned by this project will provide a solid foundation to advocate for meaningful change with policy-makers across all levels."

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