Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance Awarded $100K
The annual award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in managing or improving health, was given to Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) for its program providing permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
All of us at Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance see this award as validating the growing belief that a truly integrated healthcare system must include appropriate, supportive, safe and affordable housing, said MHSA President and Executive Director Joe Finn.
MHSA membership includes nearly 100 community-based agencies operating programs that serve homeless individuals across Massachusetts by providing permanent housing; transitional programs; emergency shelter; outreach, assessment, and treatment programs; health services; day programs; employment and housing placement programs; economic development opportunities; and opportunities for homeless self-advocacy.
MHSAs Home and Healthy for Good program provides permanent supportive housing to address chronic homelessness and overutilization of acute care and emergency care by removing barriers to housing. Tenants live in leased, independent apartments or shared living arrangements that are integrated into the community. They have access to a broad range of comprehensive, community-based services, including medical and mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, case management and vocational and life skills training.
Awarding the Hearst Health Prize to Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance acknowledges that housing and health are intertwined, said David B. Nash, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health. The provision of housing and related services are interventions that have an impact on issues such as readmissions, addiction, employment, mental health and preventive healthcare.
According to Hearst Health, the Home and Healthy for Good program:
MHSA was founded in 1988 by Greater Boston homeless service providers and citizens seeking to create a coordinated strategy to end homelessness. MHSA advocates at the local, state, and federal levels for policy and practice to end homelessness through the development of strategies that address the intertwined and unmet health care, income and housing needs of homeless individuals and those at risk of homelessness.