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MassHousing has Awarded $220,000 for Affordable Sober Housing and Supportive Services in Massachusetts
Funding will help preserve 28 affordable sober housing units and provide supportive services to 385 residents impacted by substance use disorder
March 20, 2024

BOSTON – March 20, 2024 – MassHousing has awarded $220,000 in grant funding to help preserve 28 affordable sober housing units and provide supportive services to 385 men, women and families impacted by substance use disorder.

The grants come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that helps nonprofits create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for individuals in recovery.

To date, CCRI has awarded more than $15.5 million in grants for the creation or preservation of nearly 3,000 units of substance-free housing, in 54 communities, serving recovery populations that include men, women, families, veterans, and the LGBTQ+ community.

"CCRI helps serve some of our state’s most vulnerable residents who are working to overcome substance misuse and MassHousing is pleased to support the many non-profit organizations who work every day to help people overcome addiction," said MassHousing CEO Chrystal Kornegay.

The CCRI grants include:

Steppingstone, Inc., Fall River, $100,000 
MassHousing grant funds will help renovate 28 sober housing units for women in Fall River.

Power Forward, Inc., Marshfield, $40,000 
Grant funds will support the Dog Ownership Enhancing Recovery (DOER) Program, which will place specially trained dogs into sober homes as part the treatment and therapy for individuals working to overcome substance misuse disorder.

Housing Support Inc., Amesbury, $40,000 
Grant funding will help fund supportive services at a 25 single room occupancy sober home in Amesbury.

St. Francis House, Boston, $40,000 
Grant funding will help support an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Pilot Program in Boston.

About CCRI

The Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc., issues an annual Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit projects for funding. The proposals that are selected need to meet CCRI's current priorities and eligibility categories. The grants are typically used as one-time gap funding for capital projects that increase or improve the stock of affordable sober housing in Massachusetts. Other proposals that provide services for residents in MassHousing-financed rental housing, specifically those that address alcohol and/or drug abuse or addiction, are also considered for funding. CCRI grant recipients must be 501c3 non-profit organizations and matching funds must be provided. All proposals and applicant qualifications are stringently reviewed and vetted by MassHousing.

About MassHousing

MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $30 billion for affordable housing. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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