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Sober Housing

MassHousing's Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI) supports creative strategies for dealing with alcohol and substance abuse in housing communities.

A photo of the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center in Somerville; © Greig Cranna

Volunteers of America Massachusetts used a $75,000 grant from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations to help convert a former nursing home in Somerville into 22 transitional units and seven permanent units of affordable housing for veterans.

CCRI provides

  • One-time gap funding to support the creation or preservation of affordable sober housing
  • One-time funding for programs and services that support affordable sober housing

Proposals are reviewed by MassHousing staff, a Community Services Department Advisory Committee, and finally by the CCRI Board of Directors.

Note: Eligible applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Individuals are not eligible grant applicants.

CCRI's priorities

  • Increasing the availability of affordable alcohol- and drug-free housing
  • Promoting intervention, recovery and successful tenancies for residents with chemical dependencies
  • Providing equitable services and resources, geographically and for all populations, with a special focus on housing and services for women, families, Veterans, the homeless and ex-offenders.

To date, CCRI has awarded more than $10 million in grants for the creation or preservation of more than 2,300 units of substance-free housing in 50 communities. For more information, contact Ed Chase at or 617.854.1094.

Applying for CCRI Grants

All funding for FY20 has been committed. Please watch for the new FY21 RFP expected to be issued by July 1, 2020.

 CCRI Documents
Document  CCRI Reader Review Form
Document  FY20 Request for Proposals for CCRI (Center for Community Recover...