Massachusetts Homelessness Initiative Awards $1 Million

Massachusetts Homelessness Initiative Awards $1 Million

As part of a collaborative initiative to prevent homelessness, the Boston Foundation, Tufts Health Plan and the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation have awarded $1 million to Massachusetts nonprofits working to address the root causes of homelessness.

Launched last spring, the initiative comes when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is reexamining its approach to assisting homeless people. The state currently spends $250 million annually on emergency support for the homeless, excluding related services such as medical care and counseling. The programs that received grants through the homelessness initiative provide direct assistance and stabilization, discharge planning and placement for people being released from care and custody, healthcare and mental health support, and substance abuse counseling.

"The Homelessness Prevention Initiative is the philanthropic community's effort to champion the cost-effective strategy of prevention," said Boston Foundation president and CEO Paul S. Grogan. "The initiative will use a multi-pronged approach to examine the effectiveness of a range of approaches.... Then, equipped with the outcome data that demonstrates what works, the state will be able to reinvest in prevention by directing resources toward proven strategies."

A complete list of grant recipients is available at http://www.tbf.org/About/about-L2.asp?id=1653.

"$1 Million Program Launched to Prevent Homelessness in Massachusetts." Boston Foundation Press Release 12/12/2003.