January 16, 2021 — NeighborWorks Housing Solutions a nonprofit based in Quincy that provides homebuyer education, financial coaching, foreclosure counseling, and related services across southern Massachusetts, yesterday announced it received $50,000 from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to support coronavirus pandemic relief efforts.
NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (NHS) said the funding will enable it to further increase its efforts to ensure that residents in group homes have food, cleaning supplies, and any additional supplies needed to keep safe.
“Eastern Bank and its Charitable Foundations have really stepped up to help so many nonprofits in the state, and we are grateful to them for helping us with this incredible gift. The Eastern Charitable Foundation has provided resources to so many well-deserving nonprofits throughout the region, which is needed now more than ever,” said Robert Corley, CEO of NHS.
“Given the vulnerable populations we serve, this gift will have a tremendous impact, and we are truly grateful for their support and recognition of this need.”
NHS said it also expanded its services to be more accessible to all of their clients, in part by organizing regular deliveries of food to some of residents in Quincy, including delivery of fresh produce boxes.
Many of the people NHS traditionally serves are in vulnerable populations and typically rely on mobile food pantries. Having this food brought to them not only helps support them but also keeps them safe, reducing the risk of exposure to them and to others in the building, the organization noted. Additionally, many of their residents have children who are now learning remotely, further limiting their access to school lunch programs and their family’s ability to access additional resources.
Nancy Huntington Stager, president and CEO of the foundation, noted, “Housing, homelessness, and food insecurity have long been challenges in our local communities that are being made worse by the double impact of the pandemic and approaching winter season. Thank you to the organizations and people bravely working on the front lines to support our neighbors in need, providing vital assistance during these times.
“The need for corporate philanthropic support of our nonprofit partners is as great now as it was at the beginning of the pandemic, and we invite those who can to join us in giving their support.”
NHS earlier this year that announced it ha signed the Massachusetts Housing Stability Pledge, and plans to hold on any evictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through March 2021.
The pledge is a commitment by Massachusetts property owners and operators to work with tenants facing financial difficulties because of the pandemic and support housing stability during the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19. More than 53 property owners, representing over 57,654 homes across the state, committed to the pledge.
NHS, which traces its roots to 1970, was formed in 2019 following the merger of NeighborWorks Southern Mass and Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts. Today, NHS owns and operates more than 1,000 units of housing.
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