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Press Release: Brookline Improvement Coalition Works with Brookline Housing Authority to Assist LowIncome Families as School Year Begins

EWS RELEASE For immediate release: September 27, 2022

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Brookline Improvement Coalition Works with Brookline Housing Authority to Assist LowIncome Families as School Year Begins Earlier this month, the Brookline Improvement Coalition (BIC) awarded $35,000 to the Brookline Housing Authority to help Brookline tenants with emergency needs for food and school supplies. A grant of $25,000 from the Brookline Community Foundation along with $10,000 in funds that BIC had previously received from the Mary W. Harriman Foundation supported the award to the Brookline Housing Authority for emergency assistance. “BIC would not be able to provide this assistance without our strong partnership with the Brookline Housing Authority. The active cooperation of the Brookline Housing Authority makes it possible to reach those in need quickly and efficiently,” said Deborah Brown. Brookline Housing Authority Executive Director, Michael Alperin, stated, “The Brookline Housing Authority is thrilled to help provide BHA families with additional financial assistance to start the school year. The Authority appreciates the leadership and vision of both the Brookline Improvement Coalition and Brookline Community Foundation that made this possible.” The funds are being used to assist families in need of emergency food and school supplies. BIC acted after several tenants shared their pressing needs with BIC board members. BIC board president Deborah Brown stated, “The Brookline Improvement Coalition is about more than providing housing, we are concerned about the whole family.” Brown continued, “We want to thank the Brookline Community Foundation for its generous and timely support for this effort through its Safety Net Grant Program. Brown continued, “We want to thank the Brookline Community Foundation for its generous and timely support for this effort through its Safety Net Grant Program “We’re proud to be supporting the vital work being led by the Brookline Improvement Coalition,” said Katie DesBois, Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Brookline Community Foundation. “Ensuring every member of the community has essentials like food and school supplies is crucial to creating a more equitable and thriving Brookline.” With the support provided by BIC, the Brookline Housing Authority has identified residents and distributed gift cards that can be used for food or school supplies by families in need. Awards will be based on the size of the family with gift cards ranging from $100 to $300 per family. Chanda Jones, a BIC board member, and a Brookline Housing Authority resident said, “The funds will fill an extremely important need for some of Brookline’s neediest residents.” BIC hopes to assist between one hundred and two hundred families with these funds. This effort to provide emergency assistance is a first for the Brookline Improvement Coalition. It will evaluate this pilot program’s effectiveness by working with Mutual Aid Brookline and other partners to assess this effort. BIC anticipates that it will undertake further efforts to support the low-income families of Brookline as well as to expand the range of housing opportunities in Brookline. BIC is Brookline’s only community development corporation. It was established with the support of Brookline officials and housing advocates in 1980 with the goal of furthering quality affordable housing opportunities in Brookline.