BOSTON – November 17, 2022 – MassHousing has awarded a total of $143,332 in grant funding to help preserve 22 affordable sober housing units and provide supportive services to men, women, and children impacted by substance misuse.
The grants come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that helps nonprofits create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for individuals in recovery.
To date, CCRI has awarded more than $13.8 million in grants for the creation or preservation of more than 2,800 units of substance-free housing, in 54 communities, serving recovery populations that include men, women, families, veterans, the homeless and ex-offenders.
"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."
The CCRI grants include:
GAAMHA, Gardner, $75,000
MassHousing grant funds will help acquire and rehabilitate a four-bedroom sober home for eight residents in Gardner.
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.
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.
Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Boston, Lynn and Springfield, $24,800
Grant funds will help implement weekly support services curriculum, preparing women in recovery in Boston, Lynn and Springfield for successful tenancies and transitioning from public assistance to sustained self-efficiency.
The Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc., issues an annual Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit projects for funding. 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.
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. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $27.5 billion for affordable housing. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.