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 served by Pay for Success (PFS) as of May 2021
The number of A Place to Live (PTL) sites currently under development in Worcester
The number of people served by Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) as of January 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.


YAB recruiting for Leadership Team

The Boston YAB has created a Leadership program and is actively recruiting for Leadership positions. The YAB Leadership program is a concentrated 12-month commitment to create sustainability for the YAB and to invest in young people’s leadership skills so they can be more effective community leaders. The position functions as part of JRI’s Youth Homelessness programming, and also…

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Housing Support Coordinator at Fenway Health

MHSA Member Agency Fenway Health is seeking a Housing Support Coordinator. Under the supervision of the Manager of Supportive Services, the Housing Support Coordinator supervises and supports the Young Adults Stabilization advocates at our Cambridge site, serves as a liaison for the Supportive Housing programs, and contributes to the leadership of the Supportive Services team.…

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Deadline extended to June 14! Request for Proposals: MHSA Speakers’ Bureau Training Curriculum

Submission deadline extended to Monday, June 14 at 5pm ET! The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is welcoming proposals from experienced consultants to assist in developing the new training curriculum for the MHSA Speakers’ Bureau. The MHSA Speakers’ Bureau is a program through which people who have previously experienced homelessness learn public speaking and…

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