MassHousing's Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI) supports creative strategies for dealing with alcohol and substance abuse in housing communities.
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.
- 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.
- 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
To apply for a CCRI Grant, complete all sections of the Request for Proposals and follow Proposal Submission Requirements outlined in Section IV.