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

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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.

Updates

Gloucester Daily Times Reports on Action Inc.’s Use of Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH) Grant Funds

We at MHSA are pleased to see Action Inc. in Gloucester utilize their $1M grant from the Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH) to create permanent supportive housing to bring their most vulnerable neighbors home. MASH is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA), United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley…

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