MassHousing provides grants for new substance-free housing

BOSTON (AP) – MassHousing has awarded a grant to create 46 new affordable, substance-free housing units and preserve 35 more low-key homes.

MassHousing, the quasi-public agency that funds affordable housing in the state, announced the grants on Friday. He said nearly $ 630,000 in grants has been awarded.

MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay said people recovering from substance use have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and these grants will help them overcome their addiction.

Grants come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc., a nonprofit affiliate of MassHousing that helps nonprofits create or maintain sober, affordable housing in Massachusetts for those recovering.

They were awarded to: South Middlesex Non-Profit Housing Corporation in Worcester, Victory Programs, Inc. in Boston, Dismas House in Oakham, Mental Health Association in Springfield, Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation, Lowell House, Partners in Housing in Dartmouth, North Star Family Services in Leominster and the Gandara Center in Springfield.

The largest grants, $ 125,000 each, went to Dismas House for six new affordable housing units and to North Star Family Services for 14 affordable supportive housing units.

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