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The Civic Leadership Fund

Civic leadership that focuses on health, education
and other serious challenges...

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Boston Dance
A partnership between the
Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund
Providing support to Greater Boston
choreographers creating original work.
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Live Arts
Responding to the
needs articulated by
Boston's arts community
Providing critically needed, flexible, project-specific
grants to Greater Boston’s performing artists
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We work with donors to increase the impact of their giving and, using our own resources, programs and activities, support thriving people and vibrant places with a strategic focus on:
The Growing Challenge of Family Homelessness: Homeless Assistance for Families in Massachusetts Trends in Use FY2008-2016

On February 23, 2017 the Boston Foundation released the first report analyzing family homelessness and homeless shelters using the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' internal data.  The report answers many basic questions about family homelessness and shelter usage, such as: how have the demographics of families in shelter stayed over time; what types of assistance do they receive; how long do they stay; which families stay the longest; are there regional differences?

It is our hope that the answers to these questions will help both policymakers and shelter providers craft policies and programs that help homeless families find the stable housing that will allow them to thrive.

Download the report.    Watch a video of the forum.    Read the press release.    Read the blog post.

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