Since 1990, the Melville Charitable Trust has focused on the singular goal of ending homelessness. Research and the Trust's experience have demonstrated that homelessness is a solvable problem and that safe, accessible and affordable housing is an indispensable part of the solution. For individuals and families with the greatest challenges to housing stability, ensuring access to affordable housing with appropriate services – supportive housing – is smart, humane and cost-effective.
The Trust is the largest foundation in the U.S. that is exclusively devoted to supporting solutions to prevent and end homelessness. Since inception, we have invested more than $113 million to alleviate homelessness by developing supportive housing, community solutions, and a stronger policy environment. Patient, strategic and consistent investment has provided us with abroad view of the field and confidence in what approaches are most effective.
Our funding strategies are diverse and flexible, built on experience and collaboration with grantee partners. A major priority is the growth of housing-centered initiatives in Connecticut that serve as models throughout the country. We also fund policy, research and advocacy initiatives both in Connecticut and nationally. All of these strategies must meet our primary goal – to create communities where everyone has a place to call home.