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.
- 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 to women with children, adolescent/young women, or youth
To date, more than $9 million has been committed through the program, creating or preserving approximately 1,900 units of affordable, sober housing in 40 Massachusetts communities. For more information, contact Ed Chase at or 617.854.1094.