MassHousing awards support affordable sober housing programs

MassHousing, the quasi-public agency charged with providing financing for affordable housing in the Bay State, said it has awarded $104,950 to support sober housing programs in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield.

The MassHousing grants will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations Inc., or CCRI, a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that supports nonprofits that create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for recovering substance abusers.

To date, CCRI has awarded more than $6 million in grants for more than 1,500 units of substance-free housing.

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“Substance abuse impacts not only those dealing with addiction but their families as well,’’ MassHousing executive director Thomas R. Gleason said in a statement. “Affordable sober housing is greatly needed across Massachusetts, and MassHousing’s CCRI funding is a very useful resource in helping to expand and rehabilitate that housing.’’

Among those receiving grants is the Volunteers of America of Massachusetts, which will use a $72,750 grant to help create one new apartment and rehabilitate 11 other sober rooms for women at Shiloh Housing in Jamaica Plain, MassHousing said.

The rehabilitation work will include flooring, plumbing, electrical work, cabinets, sinks, showers, and countertops.