Boston Nonprofit That Helps Homeless Youth Receives $900,000 Grant

Photo: Courtesy of Bridge Over Troubled Waters

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a nonprofit in Boston that helps homeless youth, has received a $900,000 grant from the Yawkey Foundation.

The organization helps about 2,000 young people experiencing homelessness each year, 80% of whom are ages 16 to 21.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters CEO Elisabeth Jackson said that the $900,000, multi-year grant would help "provide counseling, education, housing, life skills, and much more."

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The organization said the grant would deepen their "Pathways to Self-Sufficiency" programming, which Jackson said would "help more youth conquer the life skills needed for independent living when moving into housing."

"This critical investment will have a life-long impact on vulnerable youth," Jackson said in a statement.

She also said the money would allow the organization, which has been around for about half a century, to update their spaces for counseling and increase their behavioral health program.

"We are announcing this grant during National Homeless Youth Awareness Month because this is an important time to share information about the needs of and resources available to youth experiencing homelessness," Jackson said in a statement. "But it’s also an important reminder that youth experience homelessness 365 days a year. We must continue this work and are extremely grateful for the Yawkey Foundation’s ongoing and increasing partnership."

WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports

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