Press Releases

Oct 26, 2015
In partnership with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the young adult leaders of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) will hold an Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Legislators and state leaders will be invited to listen to young adults as they share stories of their personal experiences with homelessness and their perspectives about what must be done to end youth homelessness. Youth and advocates also will share updates on current state initiatives to address youth homelessness. The event will be hosted by Representative Jim O’Day, Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, Representative Kay Khan, and Senator Jason Lewis.
Jun 09, 2015
The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) today announced the full launch of the Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing with the goal of placing nearly half of the state’s chronically homeless population in supportive housing.
Dec 08, 2014
Today Governor Deval Patrick announced the launch of the first-in-the-nation Pay for Success (PFS) initiative to reduce chronic individual homelessness. This innovative form of financing relies on up-front funds from private investors to expand permanent supportive housing in Massachusetts. If the program is successful, the private investors will be paid back with public dollars.
Nov 07, 2013
The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) announced today the launch of a new permanent supportive housing program for LGBTQ unaccompanied homeless young adults. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. MHSA’s pilot program will provide 32 units of permanent supportive housing for LGBTQ young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 in Greater Boston and Western Massachusetts. MHSA will subcontract with three service providers for this initiative: the Youth on Fire program of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts in Cambridge, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services in Greenfield, and Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in Boston.