Innovative Stable Housing Initiative 



The Innovative Stable Housing Initiative is a pilot program created by three Boston teaching hospitals to help families facing eviction, acknowledging the strong connection between stable housing and good health. Beginning in 2019, the hospitals will spend $3 million over three years to fund housing programs through grants to community organizations. Organizations will use the funding to provide legal aid to families at immediate risk of eviction; help families pay rent or other urgent expenses, such as utility and medical bills; and pay housing-related expenses that typically aren’t covered by other sources of funding, such as broker fees for people searching for a new apartment and rental trucks for those moving to a new home.

Partner Organizations

  • Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham, Women’s Hospital (funders)
  • Community organizations including City Life/Vida Urbana and Casa Myrna

Target Population

Boston families at risk of eviction

Care Team



2019 - 2022

Results/ Studies

Results forthcoming


Hospital investments


Program website

Boston Globe: Three hospitals team up on $3m plan to help low-income families pay the rent (August 2019)