ISHI Announces Inquiry of Ideas to Improve Housing Policies and Systems

Jul 17, 2019

The Innovative Stable Housing Initiative (ISHI) requests ideas from the Boston community (including individual or groups of residents, coalitions, or organizations) regarding what housing policies and systems should be changed and how. This Inquiry of Ideas (IOI) opportunity is the first step in designing a grantmaking process that is responsive to the needs of the community.

The ISHI is a pilot project funded by Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Determination of Need Community Health Initiative. With a combined investment of almost $3 million dollars over three years, ISHI’s goal is to identify, assess, and fund strategic approaches to increase housing stability for our most vulnerable populations.

By completing this short application, you can inform a future funding opportunity focused on UPSTREAM issues to create solutions to the present housing crisis in Boston. All ISHI funding opportunities are designed to support populations at risk of losing housing or those who seek safe and healthy housing.

Upstream Fund resources support ideas that will make lasting changes in policies or systems to help residents find safe and healthy housing and help residents at risk of losing their home or apartment.

Examples of Upstream efforts include:

  • Policies to increase community control over land use and development through changes to planning and zoning policies and practices
  • Policies to increase renter and homeowner protections to maintain and expand long-term access to affordable housing

Total Grant Funds: $927,800 over three years
Year One Award Amount: TBD
IOI Application Deadline: Monday, July 22, 2019

Online applications can be submitted here. Paper forms can be found here and emailed to Amanda Ayers, AND Jamiah Tappin,

For more details on the application and ISHI process, please click here.

Any questions, please reach out directly to Jamiah Tappin at

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