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.


Permanent Supportive Housing Listening Sessions

MHSA recently completed a series of listening sessions with current tenants of permanent supportive housing. We gathered 21 tenants, mainly in the Greater Boston Area, and asked about their experiences in their current housing and what they would seek in new housing development. Our findings are in the attached report. We intend to use these…

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Two New Openings at the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA)

The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is currently hiring qualified candidates for the following positions: Communications Manager  The Communications Manager is an integral part of the Development Office at MHSA and works closely with the Director of Development (DOD) and President & Executive Director (P/ED) on the overall execution and implementation of MHSA’s fundraising…

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Case Coordinator at Elders Living At Home Program

MHSA Member Agency Boston Medical Center Elders Living at Home Program, is seeking a Case Coordinator. The ELAHP Case Coordinator for Housing Search is responsible for providing assessment and housing search services primarily to older, homeless, low income individuals, but may also work with couples, younger clients, and clients that are insecurely housed, with the…

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