In 1988, families from the Cambridge area joined together to discuss the stereotypes, complex causes, and societal impact of homelessness. The founders of FTFP learned that often families find themselves at-risk of losing their housing or even homeless because one disastrous event starts a chain reaction of hardships. These families often have nowhere to turn for assistance as they do not meet the eligibility for state and federal sources of housing assistance.
This group of caring neighbors has grown to include over 1,000 families, individuals, and organizations that donate each year to help families remain in their homes. Support from FTFP’s loyal donor base, combined with foundation and corporate grants, has sustained the organization since its founding and allowed it to maintain the flexible funding program for nearly 30 years.
Katie and Paul Buttenwieser
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Terry Saunders Lane
Tracy Heather Strain
Baycove Human Services – TPP
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Boston Commission on Affairs for the Elderly
Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services
Cambridge Multi-Service Center
City Mission Society
Community Teamwork Inc.
Elizabeth Stone House
Promise North Shore Boston
Greater Boston Legal Services
Homes for Families
Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
On Solid Ground Coalition
Lena Park CDC
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
Somerville Homeless Coalition
South Boston Community Health Center
The Second Step
The Family-to-Family Project (FTFP) supports families who are losing or have lost their homes by providing timely, innovative, and flexible grants to restore hope and to find and retain their housing.
The Family-to-Family model is designed to assist as many people as possible, where the need is greatest. We work with community-based partners who work directly with families experiencing homelessness or nearing homelessness, to improve the quality of life for families throughout Massachusetts.
Our goal is always to help families avert homelessness and maintain their independence.
In cases where families are currently homeless, we seek to assist them in regaining their independence. This is achieved through flexible funding grants to assist families so they can maintain or achieve housing security by providing the following types of assistance:
- Back rent
- Moving costs
- Utility bills
These grants have a long-term positive impact on the lives of families, with 92% maintaining their housing 12 months after receiving assistance.
A Story of Hope
Lisa, a single mother of five young children, was working two jobs just to make ends meet and provide for her family. She and her children lost their home in a devastating fire that almost took their lives. Without anything but the clothes on her children’s backs and the will to stay together, Lisa turned to the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) for support and direction.
Lisa and her family had a Section 8 certificate, which allows the family to only pay 30% of their income for rent while the government subsidizes the remaining amount. If they had not moved immediately they would lose their certificate to another family. The Family-to-Family Project (FTFP) and SHC coordinated efforts to keep the family together and preserve the certificate. SHC paid for Lisa and her children to live in a hotel for two nights while they found an available apartment. FTFP provided the funding for a security deposit so the family could move into a safe and secure home.
During this crisis, Lisa was able to keep her job, and her children continued to attend school. Lisa and her family are currently still in the apartment. Without the critical assistance that Family to Family provided, made possible through the generosity of our donors, Lisa’s family would have been forced to move to a shelter, likely far from their school and work.
The Family-to-Family Project provides flexible funding grants to families facing homelessness through a network of partner agencies. To learn more about becoming a partner, contact Neha Rayamajhi at email@example.com. If you are already a partner agency, read below for our Flexible Funding guidelines.
Flexible Funding Guidelines
Funding from the Family-to-Family Project is provided for the express purpose of assisting homeless families to move out of shelter into permanent housing or to remain in their homes. Family-to-Family Project funding is to be considered when all other sources of funding have been explored. FTFP requires that a caseworker or housing advocate from a partnering agency work with a family to determine needs and apply to FTFP on the family’s behalf. Flexible funding is provided for a range of needs, determined to ensure stabilization and long-term sustainability of housing.
To learn more about the Family-to-Family Project’s funding guidelines, please view a printable information sheet here. To receive a copy of the current application, please contact Neha Rayamajhi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-239-5468
There Are Many Ways to Help…
Your donations can transform lives by helping families in Massachusetts maintain or restore their housing and their independence. Contributions can be made in many ways:
- Make a tax-deductible online donation here
- Donate by mail: Make checks payable to FamilyAid Boston with “Family-to-Family Project” in the memo and send to: Family-to-Family Project, 727 Atlantic Ave Boston MA 02111
- Give a gift of appreciated securities: A charitable gift in the form of long-term appreciated securities can provide important tax advantages to the donor. Securities can be donated outright or transferred to fund life-income gifts.
- Host an event: Ask us about hosting an event in support of the Family-to-Family Project.
- Make a monthly pledge: Contact us about how to contribute all year round at 857-239-5468.
- Corporate match: Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift.
- Spread the word. Tell a friend about our work to prevent and reverse family homelessness!
- Remember the Family-to-Family Project in your estate planning: Planned giving is quickly becoming a popular method to transfer wealth to charitable organizations and to beneficiaries. To set up a planned gift, the Family-to-Family Project will work closely with you and your financial consultant.
A financial gift given to the Family-to-Family Project supports our mission to aid families in the greater Boston region who are losing or have lost their homes. We hope you will join the over 1,000 families who have provided assistance to more than 8,400 families and 22,000 children since 1988.
The Family-to-Family Project is now a program of FamilyAid Boston, tax ID 042105756.