Citizens Bank grants to support groups working to combat homelessness

December 16, 2013 10:39 AM

By Patrick Rosso

Four-hundred thousand-dollars in grants were recently distributed by Citizens Bank to 20 local non-profits that serve homeless individuals and families.

The money, which was awarded by the Citizens Bank Foundation, is part of the company’s “Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter” initiative.

“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,” Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts, said in a statement. “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.”

The money, which was distributed to non-profits throughout Massachusetts, will support a number of local organizations including Hearth, Inc., Victory Programs, and Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion.

“Citizens Bank should be commended for the active role it has taken in strengthening communities through funding non-profits and working with government to meet the needs of the Commonwealth,” Barbara Fields, the New England regional administrator for HUD, said in a statement "Local housing and service providers in Massachusetts are on the front lines of helping us battle homelessness and they need help if we're going to cross the finish line."

Below is a list of the recipients:

•HAP, Inc. - $50,000
•St. Francis House - $40,000
•Pine Street Inn - $30,000
•Hearth, Inc. - $25,000
•Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion - $25,000
•Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, Inc. - $25,000
•Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore - $20,000
•Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. - $20,000
•Father Bill's & MainSpring Inc. - $20,000
•Citizens Housing & Planning Association - $20,000
•Victory Programs - $20,000
•Greater Boston Legal Services, Inc. - $20,000
•New England Center for Homeless Veterans - $15,000
•Abby Kelley Foster House - $10,000
•Bridge Over Troubled Waters - $10,000
•Friends of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Inc. - $10,000
•The Boston Home - $10,000
•Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership - $10,000
•Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation - $10,000
•Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance - $10,000

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