Cambridge Comm. Foundation Awards $230K to Nine Nonprofits
July 30, 2020 — The Cambridge Community Foundation, based in Cambridge, this week announced it granted $230,000 in new grants to nine nonprofits providing COVID-19 emergency relief, with a particular focus on supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford.
“Despite the recent housing eviction moratorium, a housing crisis is looming large as households run out of savings and unemployment insurance. It is of particular concern in high-cost cities such as Cambridge and surrounding communities, with sizeable Black and Brown and immigrant populations that are housing cost-burdened,” said Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF). “Solutions that range from immediate relief to longer term strategies that can keep people housed are urgently needed.”
The latest grants were funded by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports people most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities, and those facing food insecurity.
Receiving the funds were the following:
CCF noted that CASPAR was an early partner in the City of Cambridge’s effort to create temporary emergency shelter while maintaining social distancing and other recommended safety measures, and doubled the number of people they supported through its street outreach program, efforts which helped stem a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 within the homeless population of Cambridge.