New partnership with CEOC, Transition House will address unmet needs of Cambridge families


De Novo is among the local nonprofits awarded a $30,000 planning grant from the City of Cambridge’s Community Benefits Fund this week.

The Fund was established to utilize funding from developers, received through zoning amendments or other agreements, to address the unmet needs of Cambridge residents, particularly low-income families with children.

In collaboration with long-time partners Cambridge Economic Opportunity Commission and Transition House, De Novo will offer comprehensive, direct services and targeted training to improve housing stability, financial security, and overall wellbeing for families. The partnership’s goals focus on providing a sustainable support system that facilitates long-term, systems-wide improvements in family stability. The proposal also includes training for service providers aimed to improve their ability to support families.

The grants were awarded by the City’s Community Benefits Advisory Committee following a Planning Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in November 2018. The RFP requested that local nonprofit organizations come together to form partnerships to provide services that will address the Cambridge community’s top needs: affordable housing and homelessness, financial security, and behavioral health.

You can read more about the planning grants and other funded partnerships here.