Homeless Services Assistance

The City of Newton is committed to assisting people who are homeless or are at-risk of homelessness and allocates funding from three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to programs that address homelessness Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant and Continuum of Care.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Newton allocates a portion of the annual Community Development Block Grant funding it receives from HUD to programs that address homelessness. These programs are funded through the 15 percent of the Citys CDBG grant that is allocated to human service programs. For FY13, four programs have been funded:

Programs Funded CDBG Funds Awarded Target Population
REACH - Hotline Assistance and Support Groups $3,290 Survivors of domestic violence
Newton Community Service Centers - Parents Program $18,606 People at-risk of homelessness
Riverside Community Care - Outreach and Crisis Stabilization $3,679 Adolescents at-risk of homelessness
Riverside Community Care - Substance Abuse Treatment $15,211 People at-risk of homelessness

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

Grants are awarded to nonprofit agencies through an open grant application process. Each fall, Newton Housing and Community Development Program staff issues a notice of availability of ESG funds for the following fiscal year. Grant applications from homeless shelters, transitional housing programs or homeless prevention programs are screened by the Human Service Advisory Committee (HSAC), a citizen advisory group. Grants are awarded to the agencies that demonstrate an outstanding capacity to meet documented needs. The table below details the agencies and programs that were selected for funding during FY13 and the amount allocated to each program:

 Reach Emergency Shelter


 The Second Step, Inc.


 Middlesex Human Services Agency


Continuum of Care

The City of Newton is part of the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care, one of 19 Continuums in Massachusetts formed as a result of HUDs annual competitive application process for Continuum of Care funds. These Continuums are made up of the geographic area of one or more contiguous cities and/or towns. The purpose of forming these continuums is to bring communities together in a coordinated planning effort to work towards alleviating homelessness.

Within the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care geographic area, the entity that meets regularly to carryout this goal is the Homelessness Consortium. The Homelessness Consortium, which was formed in the mid-1990s, is composed of representatives of nonprofit organizations, municipal government, state agencies, businesses and religious organizations, as well as homeless and formerly homeless people. As the lead entity of the Consortium Newton Housing and Community Development staff coordinates the annual application for HUD Continuum of Care. These funds are awarded annually through an extensive, highly competitive application process. Agencies that receive funds contract directly with HUD.

The project rankings submitted for the 2013-2014 application are available here:  Continuum of Care FY 2013 - 2014 Project Priority Listing

Listed below are the agencies that were awarded funds during the FY11 funding round. For more information regarding the City of Newton's homeless assistance programs, please contact Carl Baniszewski at (617) 796-1132 or via email at cbaniszewski@newtonma.gov.

Grantee Name Project Name Award
Pine Street Inn, Inc. 1043-45 Beacon Street Project $28,533
Pine Street Inn, Inc. BREACH II $94,994
Brookline Community Mental Health Center Homeless Families Support Services Program $72,146
Advocates, Inc Newton I SH $169,781
Advocates, Inc Newton II SH $168,022
The Second Step, Inc. Supportive Housing TSS 1 $63,344
The Second Step, Inc. Supportive Housing TSS 1 Afterschool $65,810
The Second Step, Inc. Supportive Housing TSS 1 and Garfield House $94,045
The Second Step, Inc. Supportive Housing TSS 11 $216,473
Brookline Community Mental Health Center Transition to Independent Living Program $123,071
Advocates, Inc. Waltham Supportive Housing $83,860
Advocates, Inc. Watertown SH $83,860
CAN-DO/The Second Step, Inc. Young Parents House $12,616
Vinfen Brookline Supportive Housing $29,914