Newton-Wellesley Hospital Seeking Applications for $1.9 Million Housing Insecurity Grant

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In full transparency, the following is a press release from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

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NEWTON – Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), a member of Mass General Brigham, today, June 28, announced that it is inviting local nonprofit organizations to submit proposals seeking to address housing insecurity and housing inequities in the communities surrounding the hospital.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital identified housing insecurity as the focus of this Community-Based Health Initiative (CHI) following a comprehensive review of critical needs in the area, in collaboration with an Advisory Committee comprised of key stakeholders in Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s primary service area—Natick, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley and Weston.

There is a well-documented relationship between safe, secure, and affordable housing and health. Individuals facing housing insecurity are more likely to experience poor health than those in stable and secure housing, and numerous studies have documented the relationship between eviction and adverse health and mental health outcomes.

Across the country, and particularly within NWH’s service area, people of color and recent immigrants are far more likely than white and higher-income residents to experience housing insecurity. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed even more renters at risk for eviction, reversing recent gains made in addressing racial inequities and exacerbating the negative health-related impacts of housing insecurity.

Through this grant, beginning in October 2021, and for four years thereafter, Newton-Wellesley Hospital will invest $1.9 million in programming designed to address housing insecurity at both an individual level and a policy or systems level, with more than $486,000 in funding available in the first year of the grant and $475,000 available annually for three additional years.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is seeking to award a single grant to a community-based organization or collaborative of organizations focused on addressing housing insecurity within Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s primary service area. The target population for this CHI is individuals or families facing issues of housing insecurity, with a focus on communities of color and immigrant communities. Grant applicants are expected to propose a multi-faceted approach to housing insecurity, including addressing immediate issues, reducing the impact on mental health, and increasing economic independence using a self-sufficiency coaching or mentoring model.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 5 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021. 

A virtual bidder’s conference will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to explain the criteria for proposals and answer questions from interested applicants.

Bottom of Form Please visit www.nwh.org/grants to register for the bidder’s conference and to view the complete Request for Proposals. 

If you have questions about this grant opportunity, please submit them in writing to NWHgrants@partners.org by Friday, July 16, 2021.

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) is a full system member of Mass General Brigham, a nonprofit organization that includes academic medical centers Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Serving its community for 140 years, NWH provides a wide range of services to its surrounding communities, including medical, surgical, obstetric and gynecological, cardiovascular, emergency, orthopedic, neonatal, pediatric, hematology/oncology and psychiatric care—with a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians practicing a full range of specialties. NWH is a major teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and has established post-graduate training programs for residents of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School.

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