Home & Healthy for Good (HHG), a program of MHSA, is leading the housing revolution in Massachusetts, moving the Commonwealth ever closer to a humane, efficient and cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness. In 2010, Home & Healthy for Good was selected as a Social Innovator by Root Cause and its Social Innovation Forum. Click here to read more about the award.
HHG is based upon a significant paradigm shift in addressing the costly phenomenon of homelessness: Housing First. As a result of mounting evidence from around the country that Housing First strategies result in tremendous cost savings to cities and states and a decrease in chronic homelessness, the Massachusetts Legislature passed line item 4406-3010 in the FY07 state budget to fund HHG, a pilot Housing First program for chronically homeless individuals. Five years later, HHG is still funded through the Massachusetts state budget — now, through line item 7004-0104.
An evaluation of this innovative initiative, with a focus on cost per participant and projected cost savings in state-funded programs, is ongoing.
Highlights of the January 2013 Home & Healthy for Good Report:
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CBS Evening News highlights Home & Healthy for Good.
On February 23, 2012, HHG was the focus of a report by CBS Evening News correspondent Seth Doane called "Mass. doctor's prescription for homelessness." CBS reported on some of the partners involved in the initiative, including MHSA member agencies Father Bill's & MainSpring and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.