Accomplishments

MHSA advocated for the creation of the first-ever line item in the Massachusetts state budget that funds a statewide Housing First initiative. As a result, MHSA's Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) has placed 981 chronically homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing. Estimated annual cost savings to the state as a result of HHG are $12,084 per person. MHSA continues to collect comprehensive data on formerly homeless tenants to evaluate the effectiveness of a Housing First approach in both human and financial terms.

As a result of MHSA’s advocacy for cost-effective, evidence-based initiatives like Home & Healthy for Good, the Commonwealth identified chronic homelessness as one of the first two social issues it would address through “Pay for Success” contracts. MHSA was selected by the Commonwealth to negotiate the contract as the lead intermediary for the chronic homelessness initiative, working in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and CSH.

MHSA secured funding in the Fiscal Year 2014 State Budget for a permanent supportive housing pilot for unaccompanied homeless LGBTQ young adults.

Home & Healthy for Good was named a 2010 Social Innovator by Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum.

MHSA, with its partner the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, won the 2010 Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition.

The Massachusetts Commission to End Homelessness named Home & Healthy for Good a “best practice” in ending homelessness.

MHSA received the Department of Mental Health Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award in Advocacy.

MHSA promoted the revitalization of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness to implement the statewide plan to end homelessness.