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.


Housing Search Specialist at AIDS Action Committee

MHSA Member Agency AIDS Action Committee is seeking a passionate Housing Search Specialist to join our Housing Search and Advocacy team. The Housing Search Specialist works with HIV + clients, triage staff, medical case managers, medical providers, landlords, housing authorities, and property managers to provide intensive and comprehensive housing search and housing advocacy services to…

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MHSA Announces New Member Advisory Board

MHSA has launched its first ever Member Advisory Board to advise MHSA on policy issues and to help shape its advocacy. The board consists of staff at MHSA member agencies who will share insight about emerging trends and practices in addressing homelessness. The Member Advisory Board will elect a Chair, who will serve on the MHSA Board of Directors.  The Application Review Committee included Robin Callahan, MHSA Board…

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Housing/Stabilization Case Manager at Victory Programs

MHSA Member Agency Victory Programs is seeking a Housing/Stabilization Case Manager. The Housing/Stabilization Case Manager is responsible for the coordination and delivery of quality direct case management and stabilization services for Revision Family Home residents and their families. S/he is also responsible for providing housing advocacy and aftercare services that help to support retention in…

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