Bank of America Awards $400K to Two 'Neighborhood Builders'

October 5, 2019 — Bank of America recently announced that it has awarded $400,000, as well as leadership training support, to two Boston nonprofits to support their work in the Greater Boston area to address issues fundamental to the health and vitality of local communities.

The Neighborhood Builders grants, each valued at $200,000, were awarded to:

HomeStart, which aims to end homelessness in Greater Boston by assisting individuals in obtaining housing and settling into the community, and by developing strategies to prevent homelessness before it starts, and

My Life My Choice, a survivor-led organization fighting to end commercial sexual exploitation of children.

In addition to the funds, each organization will receives a year of leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader at the organization, access to a network of peer organizations across the U.S., and the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact.

“Over the years, Neighborhood Builders has given a number of nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts the power to transform lives and drive economic mobility in the communities in which they operate,” said Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America Massachusetts president. “HomeStart and My Life My Choice are working to address important issues challenging our community, and they are positively impacting countless individuals and families. Both of these organizations represent the finest of what we look for in Neighborhood Builders, and we’re thrilled to welcome them into the program.”

During the last 20 years, HomeStart has permanently housed more than 10,000 individuals living on the street and in shelters, and has prevented nearly 3,000 families from experiencing homelessness through its focus on eviction prevention.

“Over the last few years, HomeStart piloted a program that has the clear potential to significantly reduce family homelessness in Massachusetts, and we have also created a platform for incubating solutions to homelessness that is positioning us to create even further impact,” said Matthew Pritchard, HomeStart’s president and executive director. “The flexible capital and leadership development support through Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders grant is a fantastic boost on that journey.”

My Life My Choice educate and empowers adolescents to find their voice and create a positive life path, and is the only anti-human trafficking organization in Massachusetts that is employing a survivor-led model proven effective in helping young people leave harmful situations and build new lives for themselves, as well as prevent exploitation altogether for many others.

“We are honored and humbled by this award. What an incredible opportunity to both expand our impact and to deepen our leadership. The multi-billion dollar sex industry targets the most vulnerable among us ”“ it is a profoundly unfair fight. This support from Bank of America will go a long way toward righting this wrong,” said Lisa Goldblatt Grace, co-founder and executive director of My Life My Choice.