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May 12, 2021
Six Mass. Nonprofits Get $14M to Develop Supportive Housing

April 9, 2021 — Six Massachusetts nonprofits recently were awarded $13.7 million in state funding to support development of supportive housing in Amherst, Boston, Brockton, Quincy, Salem, and Worcester.

In announcing the funding, at Father Bill's & MainSpring (FBMS), a Brockton-based provider of emergency shelter and housing services in southern Massachusetts, which received $4 million, Gov. Charlie Baker, said, “Thanks to our partners in the Legislature and local leaders, we are ensuring that supportive housing remains a key component of our broader strategy to increase production.”

FBMS will apply its grant toward the first phase of its Housing Resource Center development in Quincy. The grant will enable Father’s Bill to create a housing resource center, a new multi-use facility next to its existing shelter facility. It will incorporate approximately 100 shelter beds, onsite supportive services, a respite care area, food preparation and dining facilities, administrative offices, and a clinic.

“We want to end homelessness, not manage it, and the Housing Resource Center will move us closer to that goal,” said FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski. “The HRC is a solutions-based, proactive approach that meets individuals further upstream in their housing crisis.

“By investing in day services that re-house homeless individuals more quickly and prevent more people from entering shelter, we will lower public costs, reduce reliance on shelter beds and downtown spaces, and provide our neighbors in need with stability and a pathway to self-sufficiency.

Sharing the remaining $10 million funding were the following:

  • Allston-Brighton CDC, based in Brighton, which develops affordable housing and provides a range of home ownership and counseling services. The grant will enable Allston-Brighton CDC to purchase and redevelop 6 Quint Ave, Boston, into 14 supportive housing units targeted toward extremely low-income individuals in the advanced stages of addiction recovery. Allston-Brighton CDC will also develop Ashford Street, Boston, an existing 12-unit project featuring single-room occupancy single-room occupancy units, as well as studio and one-bedroom units.

  • Heading Home, based in Charlestown, a major provider of emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing for low-income families and individuals. The grant will enable Heading Home to demolish a structurally compromised building at 37 Wales Street, Boston, and construct a new, 23-unit building that will provide permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless, extremely low-income individuals.

  • North Shore Community Development Coalition in Salem, will carry out substantial capital improvements, implement supportive services, and convert 18 unrestricted units into affordable units for homeless individuals. The City of Salem is supporting the project with City Home funds of $25,000, CPA funds of $100,000, CDBG funds of $25,000, and eight rental vouchers.

  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), a Framingham-based multi-service agency serving the city and nine nearby towns by providing behavioral health, economic development, employment, energy and financial assistance, housing, and nutrition, services. The grant will enable SMOC to construct a new three-story building at 30 Winfield Street, Worcester, for chronically homeless single adults. The building will consist of 18 studio apartments for at-risk homeless individuals as well as office space for full time case management and a community room.

  • Valley CDC, based in Northampton, which develops affordable housing and provides a range of home ownership and counseling services. The grant will enable Valley CDC to develop Amherst Supportive Studio, Amherst, consisting of 28 enhanced single-room occupancy units. The building, will include one office for onsite property management and a separate office for a Resident Services Coordinator.
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