Twenty Mass. Nonprofits Get $400K to Battle Homelessness

December 15, 2013 — Twenty Massachusetts nonprofits have received $400,000 in grants from the Citizens Bank Foundation to fund housing and emergency shelter programming for homeless individuals and families in response, in part, to rising homelessness across the state.

“We understand that homelessness is a pervasive and complex issue that demands the attention of corporations, non-profits and government to help our neighbors in need," said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. “That is why we invest in community partners that play key roles in both helping people before they get to that point and locating, engaging and providing shelter and services to those who are homeless across Massachusetts."

Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development, noted that “Homelessness is an issue that takes all levels of government, nonprofits, and the private sector working together to solve."

A recent HUD report found that Massachusetts’ homeless population rose by 14.3% from 2010 to 2013 amid reductions in state and federal housing subsidies, skyrocketing rents in the Boston area, and high rates of unemployment and underemployment among many low to moderate income populations.

The awards, announced at the Pine Street Inn, a Boston-based provider of emergency shelter and services, were distributed as follows: