The grants will support efforts to address basic needs, including housing stability, food security, and essential services for low- and moderate-income individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus. The funding includes $1.5 million to organizations working to prevent evictions and foreclosures and providing rental assistance, shelter, and other services; $1 million to multi-service agencies providing social services, rental assistance, emergency housing, and food assistance; and $500,000 to nonprofits providing food and emergency fuel and utility assistance.
The latest round of grants brings the Boston-based foundation's total support for COVID-19 relief efforts to date to $11 million and its total community support in 2020 to more than $22 million.
"Housing, homelessness, and food insecurity have long been challenges in our local communities [and they] are being made worse by the double impact of the pandemic and approaching winter season," said Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation president and CEO Nancy Huntington Stager. "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 earlier this year, and we invite those who can to join us in giving their support."