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.


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