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 nearly 100 member agencies statewide to develop and advocate for innovative housing and support services for our most vulnerable neighbors.



As you’re traveling to visit friends or family, or preparing for guests to descend upon your home for the holidays, you might be asking yourself, “What on earth are we going to talk about at the dinner table?” Why not talk about MHSA and the amazing work MHSA has done to address homelessness in Massachusetts?…

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We Must Remember, We Must Speak Out

By Joe Finn, MHSA President & Executive Director Twelve years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Israel as a part of the Boston-Haifa Connection sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. I met with municipal workers dealing with an emerging homeless street population on the streets of Haifa and visited the…

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PSH COVID-19 Relief Funds Final Report

Today, MHSA and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMB) release a report and executive summary detailing the importance and impact of funding received for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) COVID-19 Relief. During the pandemic, tenants in PSH settings were at greater risk of becoming infected due to their complex health conditions and faced…

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