MHSA administers over 1,000 permanent, transitional and emergency shelter beds/units in more than 30 cities and towns across Massachusetts. MHSA provides program and resource development, provider collaboration, technical assistance, financial administration, program monitoring, data collection and reporting for all of these programs.
New Initiative: Hospital to Housing
Thanks to generous support from United Health Foundation, MHSA is partnering with Beacon Health Options/Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (Beacon/MBHP) on the new Hospital to Housing (H to H) initiative, which is aimed at identifying and linking adults experiencing homelessness, who have serious mental illness and a history of frequent behavioral health hospitalizations, to permanent supportive housing. H to H is unique in that it will build relationships between Beacon/MBHP and permanent supportive housing providers through the introduction of five community health workers (CHWs) who will be located in Boston, Lowell and Pittsfield. The program’s goals include reducing hospitalizations and improving the overall health of participants. Learn more about Hospital to Housing.
Permanent Supportive Housing
MHSA's permanent supportive housing programs offer low-threshold housing with support services.
Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) is a low-threshold, permanent supportive housing initiative for chronically homeless individuals. The HHG line item also contains funding for permanent housing programs for LGBTQ unaccompanied homeless young adults and transitional age youth. Learn more about HHG.
Social Innovation Financing (SIF)/Pay for Success (PFS) - The Commonwealth’s homeless social innovation financing initiative is a permanent supportive housing initiative aimed at serving between 500 and 800 homeless individuals over the next six years. To implement this program, MHSA is partnering with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and CSH. MHSA will subcontract with providers for the housing and services. Learn more about PFS.
DHCD Permanent Housing Program is a program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The program provides low-threshold, permanent supportive housing for people who have experienced long-term homelessness, particularly those who are chronically homeless. MHSA’s partners are Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, HomeStart, and the Mental Health Association.
Home & Healthy for Good - Boston (HHG-Boston) is a low-threshold, permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless individuals. Modeled after MHSA’s statewide HHG program, HHG-Boston is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development. MHSA partners with Caritas Communities and Pine Street Inn for HHG-Boston.
Supporting Recovery in Housing
Some homeless individuals face significant housing barriers due to their history of substance use. MHSA works with the recovery and housing communities to identify key strategies for supporting recovery in housing.
Journey to Success (JTS) is a low-threshold, permanent supportive housing program for people who have a substance use disabling condition. JTS is administered by MHSA in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (DPH-BSAS) with support services provided by Kit Clark Senior Services.
Post-Detox/Pre-Recovery (PDPR) program is a permanent supportive housing program that provides case management and housing to homeless individuals in the beginning stages of recovery from substance use disorders. PDPR is federally funded and administered in a partnership between MHSA and DPH-BSAS. MHSA’s PDPR partners are High Point Treatment Center and South Middlesex Opportunity Council.
Bringing Veterans Home
MHSA is committed to expanding housing opportunities for veterans experiencing homelessness, particularly those veterans who have traditionally been unable to access housing and services.
Home Front is a low-threshold, permanent supportive housing program that serves chronically homeless veterans with the highest barriers to housing. Home Front is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and jointly administered by MHSA and the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development. MHSA partners with the New England Center and Home for Veterans, Caritas Communities and private landlords for this program.
Safe Haven is a transitional program funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Safe Haven provides intensive case management and residential services to highly vulnerable chronically homeless veterans for up to six months. MHSA partners with the Boston Rescue Mission and South Middlesex Opportunity Council for this program.
DHCD-HUD Emergency Solutions Grant Rapid Re-housing (ESG-RR) is a rapid re-housing program designed to quickly move homeless individuals and families out of shelters and the streets and into housing. The program allows for housing search and stabilization, as well as financial assistance in the form of shallow rental subsidies, security deposits, first and last months’ rent payments, utility assistance, and moving cost assistance. Learn more about rapid re-housing.
DHCD Statewide Contract funds 27 programs throughout the state. A flexible resource, the DHCD Statewide Contract provides funds for operation costs and supportive services for traditional shelter beds, transitional housing units and permanent housing programs. The DHCD Statewide Contract is dependent on the state budget appropriations of line item 7004-0102 “Services for Homeless Individuals.”
DHCD-Department of Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant Shelter Support (ESG-SS): is a competitive grant that MHSA has administered for fifteen years. ESG-SS funds can be used for shelter operations and maintenance of a facility, essential supportive services (i.e., case management, physical and mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling, childcare, etc.), and grant administration.