Beyond Housing

Established in 1975, Beyond Housing provides a range of housing, education, social, and economic development programs aimed at helping communities thrive.  Its core project, the 24:1 Initiative, is a place-based, resident-led development effort focused on the 24 municipalities in the Normandy Schools Collaborative area. The Initiative includes an IDA program, which is credited with helping more than 1,000 families save over $1 million over the past decade, and several programs to support students, including $500 college savings accounts for children entering kindergarten and a student-focused IDA program to encourage savings for college expenses.  To create and ensure affordable housing opportunities, the Initiative established a community land trust in 2011, which has spurred over $100 million in economic development, including new homes, a bank, a grocery store, and a cinema.

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