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May 18, 2022
Boston Distributes $38M to 15 Nonprofits Helping the Homeless

April 3, 2022 — The City of Boston last week announced it will distribute $38 million in federal funds to 15 local nonprofit organizations that provide critical services and support to Boston’s homeless population, by helping them build independent living skills and address related issues.

Organizations receiving the funds provide services focused on housing search, creation of housing for chronically homeless people, rapid re-housing funds, and stabilization to allow newly housed chronically homeless individuals to receive the support they need.

The city said funds will support the work of the nonprofits and advance Mayor Michelle Wu’s goals to end homelessness in Boston by providing services to homeless residents, improving their ability to care for populations experiencing homelessness amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Safe, stable housing is critical for ensuring that Boston residents can live and thrive in our City,” said Wu. “As we work to ensure an equitable recovery from the pandemic, these Continuum of Care Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help us continue our work of ensuring every unhoused resident has access to critical services and housing.”

The permanent supportive housing that will be created by the funds will combine subsidized rental housing with individualized support services so that individuals with a range of needs can receive the assistance they need to stay housed. The services are designed to build independent living skills and connect people with services such as community-based health care, help with mental health issues, substance use counseling, and employment services.

Receiving an average of $2.53 million each are the following:

  • Bay Cove Human Services
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • Casa Myrna
  • FamilyAid Boston
  • Heading Home
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • HomeStart
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Kit Clark Senior Services
  • Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
  • Metro Housing Boston
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans
  • Pine Street Inn
  • St. Francis House
  • Stone House

The award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is part of more than $104 million in funding awarded to 212 Massachusetts homeless assistance programs. This funding is a portion of the $2.6 billion in HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) resources being awarded nationally by the Biden Administration to provide critically needed support to 6,597 local programs on the front lines, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

CoC is designed to end homelessness by supporting community-wide systems of care, providing funding not only to state and local partners but also to nonprofit providers who are part of CoC. This approach aims to improve coordination and integration between programs and allow communities to tailor programs to the particular resources, organizations, and challenges of that community.

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