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October 26, 2021
HomeStart Gets $1M to Expand Its Fight against Homelessness

September 24, 2021 — HomeStart, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to end homelessness in Greater Boston, this week received a $1 million donation from Northland Investment Corporation to expand the organization’s operations.

The unrestricted gift will enable HomeStart to expand its offerings, including scaling its disruptive and eviction prevention model known as the Renew Collaborative beyond Massachusetts; piloting solutions to address housing insecurity; and doubling the number of clients served from 1,500 to 3,000, according to Northland.

Matt Pritchard, president and executive director of HomeStart, said, “We are incredibly grateful to Northland for this significant investment in HomeStart and all that it will allow us to accomplish in our fight against housing insecurity in Massachusetts and beyond.

“Northland is a true housing advocate and has been a champion of our cause for many years now, and this donation has set us on a path of incredible momentum. Support like this will have a transformative impact on our efforts, and we look forward to our continued partnership to ensure that everyone, regardless of economic status, has a place to call home.”

Added CEO Matthew Gottesdiener, “It is an honor to partner with such an outstanding organization that is truly leading the fight against homelessness. We hope that this collaboration and donation will set an example for other industry players, and that we can all work together to catalyze real change for renters and homeowners across the country.

“We are thrilled to support HomeStart and its amazing work providing resources to unhoused people throughout the Commonwealth, working with individuals and families to prevent them from experiencing homelessness, and expanding its groundbreaking initiatives into new markets.”

Gottesdiener has been involved with HomeStart for five years, currently serving on its board of directors and acting as its treasurer.

Northland said the donation was “inspired by the organization’s steadfast dedication to supporting underserved populations and impressed by the number of families and individuals that it has helped over the years.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the housing crisis that has been devastating vulnerable families for years and disproportionately affecting communities of color and single parent households, and the crisis is only projected to get worse, according to Northland.

“With a lack of adequate government funding and insufficient COVID-19 federal relief, HomeStart and other organizations have stepped up to develop transformational programs and initiatives that work directly with individuals who are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness to prevent the cycle from starting,” Northland said.

HomeStart serves hundreds of people each year in the Greater Boston Area, all living at or below the poverty line, including single parents and their children, victims of domestic violence, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Over the last 25 years, HomeStart has permanently housed more than 14,000 individuals living on the street and in shelters, and reports that it has prevented more than 4,000 families from experiencing homelessness.

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