Funding will help create or preserve 66 units of sober housing in Framingham, Holyoke, Leeds, Tewksbury and Worcester for men, women and veterans
BOSTON – November 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing has awarded $292,200 to support affordable sober housing programs for men, women and veterans in Framingham, Holyoke, Leeds, Tewksbury and Worcester.
The MassHousing grants will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that supports non-profits that create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for recovering substance abusers. CCRI to date has awarded more than $7.8 million in grants for approximately 1,700 units of substance-free housing in more than 40 communities for men, women, families, veterans, the homeless and ex-offenders.
“Having an affordable, sober place to live is critical for people trying to overcome addiction,” said MassHousing Executive Director Thomas R. Gleason. “This CCRI funding helps fill gaps in the overall financing of this housing and plays an important part in getting these projects completed for the residents who need them.”
Receiving grants in the latest round of CCRI funding are:
• Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc., Holyoke, $75,000 to help construct 30 new units of affordable sober housing for men at McCleary Manor.
• Janet’s Place, Inc., Tewksbury, $75,000 to help create 18 units of affordable sober housing, including ADA compliance improvements, for women in recovery.
• Jeremiah’s Hospice, Worcester, $75,000 to help rehabilitate 16 units of affordable sober housing for men at Jeremiah’s Inn.
• South Middlesex Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Framingham, $60,000 to help rehabilitate two apartments for large families in recovery as part of the Preservation of Affordable Sober Housing Units in Framingham project.
• Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Self Esteem Skill Building Programs, Leeds, $7,200 to assist women veterans and their children in recovery housing with life skills and support services.
The Center For Community Recovery Innovations, Inc., issues an annual Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit projects for funding. The proposals that are selected need to meet CCRI’s current priorities and eligibility categories. The grants are typically used as one-time gap funding for capital projects that increase or improve the stock of affordable sober housing in Massachusetts. Other proposals that provide services for residents in MassHousing-financed rental housing, specifically those that address alcohol and/or drug abuse or addiction, are also considered for funding. CCRI grant recipients must be 501c3 non-profit organizations and matching funds must be provided. All proposals and applicant qualifications are stringently reviewed and vetted by MassHousing.
MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $17 billion for affordable housing. For more information, visit the MassHousing website at www.masshousing.com, follow us on Twitter @MassHousing, subscribe to our blog and Like us on Facebook.
Eric Gedstad: 617.854.1079 | egedstad (at) masshousing (dot) com
Tom Farmer: 617.854.1843 | tfarmer (at) masshousing (dot) com