Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where can I learn more about homelessness?
The Melville Trust’s national grantee partners are experts on the causes and solutions to homelessness. We strongly recommend exploring their websites to learn more about homelessness. For example, the National Alliance to End Homelessness is an advocacy group promoting programs and policies that prevent and end homelessness. Their FAQ section is an excellent primer on homelessness – definitions, causes and potential solutions.
In many communities across the country, municipal, nonprofit and private agencies are coming together to collaborate about finding and implementing solutions to homelessness. The results are local “10 Year Plans to End Homelessness.” Is there a 10-Year Plan in your community? Find out.
What is permanent supportive housing?
The Melville Trust advocates for permanent supportive housing as a true solution to homelessness. Supportive housing is a successful, cost-effective combination of affordable housing with services that helps people live more stable, productive lives. Supportive housing works well for people who face the most complex challenges – individuals and families who are not only homeless, but who also have very low incomes and serious, persistent issues that may include substance use, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS. The Corporation for Supportive Housing is a leading voice advocating this practical and effective solution.
Does the Trust offer funding to local programs outside of Connecticut?
The Trust limits its local program funding to organizations in Connecticut. We view Connecticut as our “petri dish,” where we can invest in and test new ideas. We utilize our many years of experience in Connecticut to leverage our investment in national advocacy organizations that support the expansion of scalable, cost-effective and empowering solutions to homelessness.
Can I apply for funding if my organization has not already been determined to be a nonprofit?
No application will be considered from an organization unless it has been determined to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and “not a private foundation” under section 509(a) of the Code.
Does the Trust make grants to individuals?
The Melville Trust does not have the capacity to directly aid or refer people who are in immediate need of assistance. However, we do know of some places that may be more helpful in this regard.
- Immediate sources of aid in your community can be found by consulting your local department of social services or your local branch of the United Way. You may also find it helpful to consult this directory of homeless service providers.
- To contact homeless services and advocacy groups in your area, national directories are available on the websites of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Coalition for the Homeless. These groups may be able to help you identify a number of resources, including free legal services in your community.
- For assistance specifically with default/foreclosure or rental needs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided a list of approved housing counseling agencies.
- Additional resources can be found on the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’ website.
What are the other general limitations on the Trust’s funding?
The Trust does not award grants for:
- direct support to individuals or scholarships;
- budget deficits;
- religious organizations for religious purposes;
- or general fund raising drives or events.
In addition, the Melville Charitable Trust does not fund agencies that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and provision of services.