MassHousing Awards $627,350 for Affordable Sober Housing to Support Men, Women, Families and Senior Citizens in Eight Communities

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BOSTON – December 17, 2021 – MassHousing has awarded a total of $627,350 in grant funding to create 46 new affordable sober housing units and preserve and additional 35 sober homes for men, women, families and senior citizens in eight communities. The grants come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that helps nonprofits create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for people in recovery. MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. In 2011, the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) established national standards for recovery residences (including sober housing).

The largest grants of $125,000 each went to the Dismas House for six new affordable housing units, and to North Star Family Services for 14 units of affordable supportive housing. Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation (MSHC) mission is to provide affordable sober housing for individuals in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Gandara Mental Health Center, Inc., Northampton, $27,000
Grand funds will support renovations to preserve eight units of sober housing for men in Northampton.

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The proposals that are selected need to meet CCRI’s current priorities and eligibility categories. The grants are typically used as one-time gap funding for capital projects that increase or improve the stock of affordable sober housing in Massachusetts. Other proposals that provide services for residents in MassHousing-financed rental housing, specifically those that address alcohol and/or drug abuse or addiction, are also considered for funding. CCRI grant recipients must be 501c3 non-profit organizations and matching funds must be provided. All proposals and applicant qualifications are stringently reviewed and vetted by MassHousing. Successful sober homes establish and reinforce healthy lifestyles, provide a safe and stable place to live, conduct meaningful activities, and build relationships and social networks for support.

  • SEMCOA, Inc., and High Point, New Bedford, $200,000
    Grant funds will be used help acquire property to create four new units of sober housing for women and children in New Bedford.
  • To date, CCRI has awarded more than $15.5 million in grants for the creation or preservation of nearly 3,000 units of substance-free housing, in 54 communities, serving recovery populations that include men, women, families, veterans, and the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Through our network of certified sober housing and empirically based recovery principles, MASH’s goal is to help create and foster these safe living environments for those with substance use disorders.
  • Mental Health Association, Springfield, $22,850
    Grant funding will help fund an in-house recovery specialist for nights and weekends at an affordable sober home for eight men in Springfield.
  • Our mission is to provide clean, comfortable accommodations in a positive environment for those looking to live a sober lifestyle.

Through the Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI), MassHousing provides grants to promote the creation and preservation of affordable housing for individuals in recovery and their families. Everyone in recovery has the right to safe and livable housing in Massachusetts, whether you are looking to rent or own, or to live in certified sober housing. In any phase of recovery, mash certified sober homes housing is important in making a person feel safe and connected to their community. Gandara Center, Springfield, $14,000
Grant funds will help renovate eight units of affordable sober housing for men at Miracle House in Springfield. North Star Family Services, Leominster, $125,000
Grant funds will help create 14 units of affordable supportive housing for families in Leominster.

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Dismas House, Oakham, $125,000
Grant funding will help construct six new affordable housing units for families and individuals. MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay said that people in recovery from substance use have been particularly affected by the pandemic and these grants will help them overcome addiction. NamaStay Sober Yoga, Boston, $40.000
Grand funds will support the expansion of yoga and wellness classes to additional recovery centers and sober living https://ecosoberhouse.com/ homes. In 2007, eight sober home operators established the nonprofit Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing. Legislation in 2014 created voluntary certification of Massachusetts sober homes, and MASH began managing voluntary statewide sober home certification in 2016. Our mission is to support persons in recovery from addiction by improving their access to quality recovery residences through standards, support services, placement, education, research and advocacy.

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Through our network of certified sober housing and empirically based recovery principles, MASH’s goal is to help create and foster these safe living environments for those with substance use disorders. BOSTON — MassHousing has awarded grant funding to create 46 new affordable, substance-free housing units and preserve an additional 35 sober homes. GAAMHA, Gardner, $100,000
Grant funding will support renovations to preserve 12 units of sober housing for women in Gardner. “CCRI helps serve some of our state’s most vulnerable residents who are working to overcome substance misuse and MassHousing commends the many non-profit organizations who work every day to help people overcome addiction,” said MassHousing CEO Chrystal Kornegay. “The nine sober homes and other recovery focused programming CCRI helped finance in 2023 also assisted family members – particularly children – who have been impacted by a relative in recovery.”

MassHousing awards grants for new substance-free housing

Our organization also provides supervision and training for sober homes, and maintains a database of more than 180 MASH-certified sober homes. Casa Esperanza, Boston, $20,682
Grant funds will help support the renovation of 14 units of sober housing for women and their children in Boston. Adult & Teen Challenge, Worcester, $30,000
Grant funds will support an expansion to create 33 new units of sober housing for men in Worcester. Housing Support, Inc., Newburyport, $75,000 
MassHousing grant funds will help create eight new, fully accessible housing units for men and women, on an existing sober housing campus in Amesbury. Boston Sober Homes is a M.A.S.H certified sober housing company for those who are serious about their recovery and sobriety. Our mission is to provide clean, comfortable accommodations in a positive environment for those looking to live a sober lifestyle.

The MA Alliance of Sober Housing (MASH) exists to ensure andpromote the critical management, operational, and ethical standards of soberhomes, as well as promote technical assistance to new and existing sober homes. Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc., Worcester, $25,000 
Grant funds will help support the creation of three fellowship positions for live-in, supportive staff at Dismas Family Farm, a sober housing campus and working farm in Oakham. Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Boston/Lynn/Springfield, $30,500
Grant funds will support delivery of Statewide Women’s Self Esteem Life Skill Development Programs with expanded online aftercare support for women and families.

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“Having an affordable place to live and available supportive services are critically important for people who are trying to overcome substance misuse,” said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. “CCRI helps serve some of our state’s most vulnerable residents and MassHousing is pleased to support these nonprofit organizations who work every day to help people overcome addiction and improve their lives.” “People in recovery from substance use have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and these CCRI grants will positively impact those working to overcome addiction,” said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. “MassHousing is pleased to provide this resource for sober housing for men, women, families and senior citizens in communities across the Commonwealth.”

  • Boston Sober Homes is a M.A.S.H certified sober housing company for those who are serious about their recovery and sobriety.
  • All MASH-certified sober homes follow the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) standards and have been independently inspected.
  • Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation, Boston, $75,000
    Grant funds will help create 14 new affordable sober housing units for individuals in advanced recovery in Allston.

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