Boston – MassHousing has awarded a total of $245,845 in grant funding to create 22 new affordable sober housing units and preserve an 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.
MassHousing awarded $23,845 to Steppingstone, Inc. to help upgrade a heating system and facilitate other renovations to preserve sober housing for 23 men in Fall River.
The $72,000 awarded to St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children will help support fire and safety improvements to preserve 12 units of affordable sober housing for young families in Boston.
MassHousing awarded $75,000 to NeighborWorks Housing Solutions to help create 22 new affordable sober efficiency apartments for men and women in Attleboro.
The $50,000 awarded to Housing Support, Inc. will help renovate 10 affordable sober efficiency apartments for women in Amesbury.
The $25,000 awarded to Coalition for a Better Acre will help establish a revolving loan fund to help residents in recovery maintain their housing in Lowell.
“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.”
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.