May 25, 2018
Eight Massachusetts Nonprofits Get $385K for Sober Housing

January 28, 2017 — The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency this week announced it has awarded $385,000 to eight Massachusetts nonprofits profits that create or preserve affordable sober housing for recovering substance abusers.

“A key factor in helping people overcome the grip of addiction is having an affordable, sober home where they can receive the support they need,’’ said Tim Sullivan, executive director of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. “These CCRI grants are helping dedicated nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts provide the housing and services these individuals and families require to become successful in beating addiction and leading stable, productive lives.’’

Receiving funding were the following:
  • Casa Esperanza, Boston: $25,000 to help improve safety and empowerment of 37 affordable sober housing unit households through its Supportive Housing Overdose Prevention Project. This will include overdose prevention and intervention training for both tenants and staff, increased security and community engagement.

  • Community Healthlink, Inc., Worcester: $14,470 to help finance critical renovations, including replacement windows and building siding, to preserve four affordable sober apartments for families.

  • Father Bills and Mainspring, Wareham: $75,000 to help acquire and rehabilitate a vacant building to create six units of affordable sober housing for homeless men and women. The project is also receiving support from the Town of Wareham through Community Preservation Coalition and Affordable Housing Trust financing.

  • Lowell House, Inc., Lowell: $75,000 for down payment financing to acquire and create seven units of affordable sober housing for men age 18-26 in recovery, which will be called Zack’s House.

  • Providence Ministries for the Needy, Holyoke: $75,000 to make structural improvements - including roof and driveway repairs - and security enhancements to preserve 35 affordable sober units for men at Loreto House in Holyoke.

  • Rural Development Inc., Turners Falls: $25,000 to help hire an experienced project manager to develop new affordable sober housing for families in Franklin County in collaboration with the local opioid task force, the Probate and Family Court, and local community organizations.

  • Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute: $20,800 to provide recovery training and support to more than 50 direct care services and housing staffs in Greater Boston, resulting in the ongoing stabilization of 1,800 households – many of which were formerly homeless – into long-term transitional or permanent housing.

  • South Middlesex Nonprofit Housing Corporation, Warren: $75,000 to help finance the renovation of a bank-donated, vacant home into six affordable sober housing units for men and women in recovery. Improvements will include electrical and plumbing upgrades, a new roof, heating system, windows and flooring.
The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, known as MassHousing, is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966, 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.

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