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Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation Receives $10,000 Grant from Citizens Bank

BOSTON – Citizens Bank today announced $400,000 in grant awards for 20 Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to fund housing and emergency shelter programming for homeless individuals and families. The awards from the Citizens Bank Foundation were announced at the Pine Street Inn and align with Citizens Bank’s strategic focus on fighting homelessness and strengthening communities across the Commonwealth: Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter. Recipients include Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, which accepted a $10,000 grant donation. 

“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,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. “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.” 

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields and Massachusetts Undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development and Chair of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness Aaron Gornstein, joined Citizens Bank officials for the announcement.

 “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,” said Barbara Fields, New England Regional Administrator, HUD. "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."

 A recent HUD report shows Massachusetts’ homeless population rose by 14.3 percent from 2010 to 2013. This increase came amid reductions in federal housing subsidies and skyrocketing rents in the Boston area.

 “Homelessness is an issue that takes all levels of government, nonprofits, and the private sector working together to solve,” said Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development. “I applaud and thank Citizen’s Bank for stepping up and making this issue a priority.”

 Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter

Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter is a component of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, part of Citizens Bank’s program to contribute to the economic vitality of the communities it serves. 

The Citizens Helping Citizens Providing Shelter grants announced today are being distributed as follows:

·         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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