Flex Fund

Year 1 Awardees:

The following community-based organizations (CBOs) have been awarded up to $166,200 to distribute dollars directly to individuals and families in need. Please click the links below to access resources and learn more.

Background:

ISHI Flex Fund resources are used for short-term emergency funding to assist individuals and families to maintain or attain safe and healthy housing. Many existing sources of emergency funds have eligibility restrictions and processes in place which create barriers for individuals and families facing displacement.

The goals of the ISHI Flex Funds are to:

  • Reduce barriers to accessing emergency funds

  • Fill gaps not addressed by existing funding sources

  • Make funds available in an expedited manner

  • Identify policy or systems change opportunities

Boston Communities served include:

  • Families with children

  • Survivors of violence including domestic violence, community violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth

  • Single men of color

  • People with a criminal offender record (CORI)

  • People with accessibility challenges or mental health issues

  • Seniors

  • Individuals or families with mixed status

  • Residents who live in or have a need to live in East Boston, Mattapan, Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mission Hill (i.e. schooling, employment needs, specialty care)

The first year of funding will be a pilot year to determine if the funding filled gaps and helped individuals and families remain in or attain stable housing. During this initial year, information and feedback will be gathered to determine if the Flex Funds effectively and efficiently filled gaps and helped individuals and families remain or attain stable housing. In addition, the experiences during the pilot year will inform ISHI about opportunities to increase housing stability through policy and/or systems changes.

Information regarding future funding opportunities will be updated. CBOs awarded funding and who successfully complete the pilot year will be eligible to receive funds for an additional two-year period.

Questions? Please contact Jamiah Tappin, Health Resources in Action, jtappin@hria.org