What we do

Through strategic partnerships formed with government, private philanthropy, business leaders, homeless individuals, and service providers, MHSA works to ensure that homelessness does not become a permanent part of the social landscape.

MHSA was founded in 1988 by Greater Boston homeless service providers and citizens seeking to create a coordinated strategy to end homelessness. Today, MHSA membership includes nearly 100 community-based agencies operating programs that serve homeless individuals across Massachusetts. MHSA advocates at the local, state and federal levels for policy and practice to end homelessness through the development of strategies that address the intertwined and unmet health care, income and housing needs of homeless individuals and those at risk of homelessness.

What we do:

  • Educate about the challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness and solutions to homelessness.
  • Advocate for strategic use of public and private funding based on research and best practices.
  • Innovate cost-effective solutions to homelessness that prioritize housing and appropriate support services.
  • Collaborate with all levels of government and the private sector to bring our neighbors home for good.

Learn more about MHSA's accomplishments.

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Learn more about MHSA's vision for transforming the homelessness assistance system.