Homeless veterans often require specialized services that take into account issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and service-related physical and mental health disabilities. MHSA provides peer support, permanent supportive housing and transitional housing to veterans experiencing homelessness, with a special focus on those veterans who have the highest barriers to housing and cannot otherwise access traditional housing programs.
Supported by the Highland Street Foundation, MHSA has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) to launch a pilot program for homeless veterans. The Veterans Homeless In-Reach Peer Project is an expansion of a successful DVS peer-based model in which veterans serve veterans. By bringing peer support into shelters and community-based organizations that do not exclusively serve veterans, the Veterans Homeless In-Reach Peer Project reaches a population who may not have access to specialized supports for post-traumatic stress disorder, undesirable service discharges and other significant barriers that veterans face.
Home Front is a low-threshold, permanent supportive housing program that serves chronically homeless veterans with the highest barriers to housing. Home Front is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and jointly administered by MHSA and the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development. MHSA partners with the New England Center and Home for Veterans, Caritas Communities and private landlords for this program.
Safe Haven is a transitional program funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Safe Haven provides intensive case management and residential services to highly vulnerable chronically homeless veterans for up to six months. MHSA partners with the Boston Rescue Mission and South Middlesex Opportunity Council for this program.