MassHousing, the quasi-public agency charged with providing financing for affordable housing in the Commonwealth, said it has awarded $290,000 to support sober housing programs in Boston, Dartmouth, Norton, and Worcester.
Of that total, $75,000 will go to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston; the plan is to use that money to help create 35 new efficiency apartments for formerly homeless veterans.
The MassHousing grants will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations Inc., or CCRI, a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that supports non-profits that create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for recovering substance abusers.
“There is a critical need for affordable sober housing in Massachusetts and these CCRI grants play an important role in completing the financing necessary for these projects,” MassHousing executive director Thomas R. Gleason said in a statement. “Having an affordable place to live in a sober environment is a major first step in the recovery from addiction.”