BOSTON – March 22, 2022 – MassHousing has awarded a total of $245,845 in grant funding to create 22 new affordable sober housing units and preserve and additional 45 sober homes for men, women, and families in five communities.
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 a quality home in a sober setting is critical for the success of people overcoming addiction," said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. "MassHousing is pleased to provide these grants through CCRI to create and preserve this vital sober housing for men, women, and families in communities across the Commonwealth."
The CCRI grants include:
Steppingstone, Inc., Fall River, $23,845
MassHousing grant funds will help upgrade a heating system and facilitate other renovations to preserve sober housing for 23 men in Fall River.
St. Mary's Center for Women and Children, Boston, $72,000
Grant funds will help support fire and safety improvements to preserve 12 units of affordable sober housing for young families in Boston.
NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, Attleboro, $75,000
Grant funding will help create 22 new affordable sober efficiency apartments for men and women in Attleboro.
Housing Support, Inc., Amesbury, $50,000
Grant funds will help renovate 10 affordable sober efficiency apartments for women in Amesbury.
Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell, $25,000
Grant funds will help establish a revolving loan fund to support residents in recovery in maintaining their housing in Lowell.
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.