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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.

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 2,100 units of substance-free housing in 50 communities. For more information, contact Ed Chase at or 617.854.1094.

 CCRI Documents
Document  FY19 Request for Proposals for CCRI (Center for Community Recover...