The Family-to-Family Project

The Family-to-Family Project is an initiative of FamilyAid Boston’s Homelessness Prevention Program, which provides families in crisis with one-time financial assistance in conjunction with support services to empower them to sustain stable housing. Through The Family-to-Family Project, we work with a network of partner agencies to connect with parents and children on the verge of becoming homeless. Families receive emergency financial assistance to preserve their housing and work with a case manager who supports them in budgeting, employment, and building a foundation for long-term stability.

The Family-to-Family Project was founded in 1988 by a group of Cambridge-area families looking to address the causes and consequences of family homelessness. In 2017, with the full support of both organizations' Boards of Directors, they merged with FamilyAid Boston in order to help more parents and children remain housed and stable. Read the press release on the merger.

How to Give

You can donate online by clicking the button below or send a check to:

FamilyAid Boston
727 Atlantic Avenue 
Boston, MA 02111 
Attn: Development Department

Please make your checks payable to FamilyAid Boston and specify that you would like your donation to go to the Family-to-Family Project in the memo section.

Donate to the Family-to-Family Project

The Buttenwieser Family Enrichment Fund

The Buttenwieser Family Enrichment Fund was launched in 2007 in honor of Family-to-Family Project founders Katie and Paul Buttenwieser and their family. It is designed to provide homeless and at-risk families in Massachusetts the opportunity to engage in life-enriching activities that they otherwise could not afford. The fund primarily supports children’s enrollment in summer camp, providing unique opportunities for recreation, social development, and time in nature as well as academic opportunities that mitigate summer learning loss. Summer camps are also vital source of childcare for parents who are living paycheck-to-paycheck and cannot afford to miss work while their children are out of school for the summer.

Partner Agencies

Without the tremendous efforts of our community partners our work to provide homelessness prevention interventions would not be possible.

Community Partners

ABCD Brighton
Baycove Human Services – TPP
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Boston Commission on Affairs for the Elderly
Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services
Cambridge Multi-Service Center
City Mission Society
Elizabeth Stone House

Family Promise North Shore Boston
Greater Boston Legal Services
Housing Families
Lena Park CDC
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
Project Hope
Somerville Homeless Coalition
South Boston Community Health Center
The Second Step
Transition House
Urban Edge
Wellspring House

Strategic Partners

Homes for Families
Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
On Solid Ground Coalition

Are you a Family-to-Family partner looking to apply for funding? View our funding guidelines.

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