Our Why

Every day, thousands of individuals across Massachusetts experience homelessness, struggling in emergency shelters or living outside on the streets or in encampments.

The costs are high — lives lost, people in crisis and funding spent on emergency responses without long-term solutions.

That’s where we come in.

The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is a nonprofit, public policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Massachusetts. We collaborate with service providers, policymakers, funders and individuals across Massachusetts to transform the way the Commonwealth responds to homelessness and ensure all of our neighbors have a place to call home.

Our Impact At-a-Glance

The number of MHSA member agencies
The number of people housed by Pay for Success (PFS) as of June 2021
The number of A Place to Live (PTL) sites currently under development in Worcester
The number of people housed by Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) as of June 2021
The number of veterans housed by Pay for Success (PFS) since 2015
The number of audience members for Speakers’ Bureau presentations since 2010
woman in her home
hands holding keys
man on porch with dog

How We Help

MHSA was created in 1988 by local community-based organizations seeking solutions to homelessness, with a particular focus on individuals experiencing homelessness. Today, we draw on the expertise of over 100 member agencies statewide to develop and advocate for innovative housing and support services for our most vulnerable neighbors.


The Cornerstone 2023 Summer Edition

MHSA has released the latest edition of The Cornerstone! Inside this edition: A Message from Joyce Tavon, MHSA’s CEO Expansions in Permanent Supportive Housing Across the Commonwealth by Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH) Ways that you can help end homelessness in Massachusetts by supporting MHSA’s work MHSA Honors Three Allies in the Effort to…

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MHSA Seeks Program Contract Manager

The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Contract Manager. The Program Contract Manager will manage programs across Massachusetts funded by various contracts to ensure programs are providing permanent supportive housing that operates under Housing First principles. They will have experience in direct service work, preferably with…

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