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.


Massachusetts Pay for Success Initiative to Reduce Chronic and Long-Term Homelessness Exceeds Housing Goal, Leads to Ground-Breaking Systemic Changes

For Immediate Release November 9, 2021   For more information, contact: Sandi Goldfarb, Rasky Partners Sgoldfarb@rasky.com Brigid Boyd, United Way bboyd@supportunitedway.org   MASSACHUSETTS PAY FOR SUCCESS INITIATIVE TO REDUCE CHRONIC AND LONG-TERM HOMELESSNESS EXCEEDS HOUSING GOAL, LEADS TO GROUND-BREAKING SYSTEMIC CHANGES   BOSTON – As the region grapples with the complex public health and homelessness crises…

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Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing Releases Report Demonstrating Success of Pay for Success Program

MHSA, in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMB), has released a report today demonstrating the success of the Pay for Success (PFS) program, which successfully housed 1,055 tenants. MHSA, CSH, and UWMB together make up the Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH),…

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Clinical Program Director at Bay Cove Human Services

MHSA Member Agency Bay Cove Human Services is hiring a Clinical Program Director. The Clinical Program Director assesses each person’s needs for services and engages in follow up that best ensures their safety and well-being. S/he facilitates the person’s engagement or re-engagement in behavioral health services through referral to community based services that are consonant…

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