The Melville Charitable Trust seeks out and supports solutions to prevent and end homelessness. We fund housing-centered solutions that enable people who have experienced homelessness to reclaim their lives. Among our priorities are the creation of affordable and supportive housing as well as housing advocacy and policy development.
Ending homelessness requires organizations to cross boundaries and individuals to re-examine their beliefs and change their roles, relationships, and approaches to work. It also calls for influential leaders who believe homelessness can be ended and can communicate a vision for doing so. For these reasons, we have a strong bias toward investing in systemic approaches that focus on strengthening relationships between people and between organizations, improving ways of working together, and cultivating the will and leadership needed to make change happen.
We look for the potential to make systemic change through funding opportunities that:
- Strengthen Delivery
We want to strengthen the capacity of housing and service providers to design and deliver effective practices, collaborate, and track and assess performance.
- Transform Public and Private Systems
We want to transform public and private systems, helping them to implement effective policies and programs, collaborate within and across agencies, track outcomes, and evaluate their performance.
- Increase Civic and Political Will & Investment
We want to increase civic and political will, and leverage public and private financial support for proven programs and promising practices.
- Build Leadership
We want to build leadership by supporting “backbone” organizations that work across sectors, leading initiatives, guiding strategy, aligning activities, measuring progress, and streamlining collaboration.