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.


Clinical Case Manager at Abby’s House

MHSA Member Agency Abby’s House is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Clinical Case Manager. The Clinical Case Manager provides clinical case management with the women of Abby’s House to help remove barriers to housing placement and retain permanent housing. The Clinical Case Manager’s primary responsibilities are to comprehensively assess initial and ongoing individual…

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Community Engagement Manager at the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance

 The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Community Engagement Manager.  The Community Engagement Manager will be responsible for engaging people with lived experience of homelessness in MHSA’s mission to end individual homelessness. Engagement of people with lived experience happens within the MHSA Speakers’ Bureau, a group of…

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