In late October 2014, BYSN and The Liberty Mutual Foundation formed a partnership to host Creating Solutions Together: A 2015 Action Plan for Youth Experiencing Homelessness while releasing a $300K RFP focusing on youth experiencing homelessness in Boston. The RFP was created with two priorities in mind, direct feedback from The Eugene Johnson Project report and collaboration between organizations.
On December 9th 2014, Creating Solutions Together: A 2015 Action Plan for Youth Experiencing Homelessness was a success with over 100 attendees and 67 organizations represented. Following the conference, $360K was awarded to 17 Boston-based organizations. Over half the grantees were new, 2,400 youth served, 330 beds provided, 55 youth are enrolled in a GED program and 371 youth benefited from education options and counseling. A capital grant of $500K was also awarded to Bridge Over Troubled Waters for the renovation of the Allston/Brighton House. The development will result in a 28 all-affordable bed facility for single parents and transitional living opportunities for at-risk youth and families.
Currently the Liberty Mutual Foundation has committed approximately $1,000,000 to Boston area nonprofits focusing on youth homelessness and reissue the grant in the fall 2015.