July 15, 2019
Eleven Nonprofits Get $697K for Sober Housing

December 8, 2018 — Eleven Massachusetts nonprofits recently were awarded grants totaling $696,995 to help create or modernize 118 affordable sober housing units in 11 communities that will serve veterans and men and women in recovery, including women with children.

The grants come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of the quasi-public Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency that helps nonprofits create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for individuals in recovery.

MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay said, “These grants help to meet the tremendous need for sober housing that is affordable and accessible to individuals who are working to overcome addiction. The projects funded through these awards will strengthen communities across the Commonwealth, by creating and modernizing affordable homes that promote successful recovery, helping individuals in need access the critical support services they need to successfully prevail over substance misuse.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Brookview House, Boston: $125,000 to help renovate and preserve 12 affordable sober apartments for women with children.

  • Casa Esperanza, Boston: $35,970 to help rehabilitate and upgrade Familias Unidad, two houses containing 15 single room occupancy units and two units for families.

  • Dismas House, Oakham: $75,000 to help create two new units of sober housing and preserve 12 other units at the Dismas Family Farm, a working farm for residents in recovery.

  • Fall River Community Housing Resource Board, Fall River: $23,725 to provide half the cost of a full roof replacement, preserving 22 units of permanent supportive housing for men and women with co-occurring illness at the Stone Residence.

  • Father Bill’s and Mainspring, Randolph: $75,000 to help construct a building on land donated by Envision Bank, creating 10 new affordable sober efficiency apartments with a first preference for homeless veterans.

  • Latin America Health Alliance, Worcester: $75,000 to provide down payment financing to acquire Casa Colon, creating 11 units of affordable sober SRO housing for men.

  • Lowell House, Lowell: $75,000 to help convert a garage into two new housing units for young men in recovery and add an accessible ramp at Zack’s House, which currently houses seven young men.

  • Mental Health Association, Springfield: $44,300 to help renovate and preserve eight units of sober SRO housing at Avon House for men and women with co-occurring illness.

  • NeighborWorks of Southern Massachusetts, Marshfield: $75,000 to help demolish and then construct a new building with eight new affordable sober efficiency apartments with a preference for homeless veterans.

  • Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Lynn and Leeds: $18,000 to deliver weekly recovery support services to women with children in Lynn and women veterans in Leeds, allowing the women to transition to permanent housing.

  • South Middlesex Non-Profit Housing Corp., Fitchburg: $75,000 to help create 14 new units of affordable sober SRO housing for men in recovery.

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