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
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hands holding keys
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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 nearly 100 member agencies statewide to develop and advocate for innovative housing and support services for our most vulnerable neighbors.


Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance Honors Three Leaders Working to End Homelessness

For Immediate Release May 18, 2023 Media Contact Sandi Goldfarb, Rasky Partners Sgoldfarb@rasky.com, 617.391.9653   Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance Honors Three Leaders Working to End Homelessness House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz, Real Estate Entrepreneur James D’Amico Jr. And Dr. Danna Mauch Recognized at MHSA’s Event   May 18, 2023 (Boston, MA) –…

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MHSA’s Home for Good Draws Largest Crowd in Recent Years

Nearly 200 people attended MHSA’s annual spring event, Home for Good on May 11th – the largest turnout since 2018! Supporters, friends and colleagues from across the Commonwealth and as far away as New York gathered to celebrate this year’s honorees and to raise funds in support of MHSA’s mission to end homelessness in Massachusetts.…

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The City of Boston Seeks Qualified Candidates for Deputy Director for Supportive Housing Position

The City of Boston’s Office of Housing is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Deputy Director for Supportive Housing. Reporting to the Chief of Housing or designee, the Deputy Director for Supportive Housing is responsible for leading the Department’s efforts toward ending homelessness for individuals and families through access to permanent housing. The Deputy…

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