Defenders of freedom will also always have a place to live in the Commonwealth. Veterans of Massachusetts have multiple different housing options to suit their needs, as well as programs and organizations to advocate for them. Here are a few of the housing options available to Massachusetts veterans.
The State offers transitional housing to qualified veterans through nonprofit shelters. Services include Emergency Homeless Shelters, group residences, and Single Room Occupancy (SRO) quarters. All residences are also a drug and alcohol free living environment.
Permanent housing options have affordable rent for homeless veterans who desire independent living. Homeless veterans can also qualify for subsidized housing fromVA Boston Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Housing Search Group.
The SHARP team is made of a team of peer specialists, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) social workers, and a psychiatrist. The team works to end veteran homelessness by getting veterans access to housing, fostering a healthy and sober living environment, and preventing “at-risk” veterans from becoming homeless. The SHARP team can be reached by their 24 hour hotline at (888) 844-2838 or by email: SHARP@massmail.state.ma.us.
Veterans looking to buy a home may be eligible for a variety of home loan programs. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs offers a home loan program for eligible veterans, which guarantees part of the home loan will be paid for by the VA. A Home for the Brave is a program sponsored by MassHousing, which provides Veterans with affordable mortgage financing.
Massachusetts also has two Soldiers’ Homes. The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home provides long term medical care and houses acts as a “city” with its own library, dry cleaner, barbers, auditorium, recreation rooms, dining room, and pharmacy. The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home offers long term care and outpatient services, as well as residential care and programs like theCompensated Work Therapy Program.
In addition to these services, Massachusetts also offers property tax exemptions, subsidies, rent assistance, supportive housing, and more. To find more information on these housing options for veterans in the Commonwealth, including qualifications and contact information, visit Mass.Gov/Veterans/Housing.
Tags: Housing Services
DTA Adds the New England Aquarium to its Cultural Partnership Program posted on Feb 23
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) announced that the New England Aquarium joined the list of more than a dozen top educational and cultural institutions statewide that offer free or reduced access. DTA’s Cultural Partnerships provides individuals and families an opportunity to visit partnering institutions …Continue Reading DTA Adds the New England Aquarium to its Cultural Partnership Program
Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire posted on Feb 17
If you tried, you probably could hear a pin drop in the room. On a February evening, during a special visit to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Metro Pre-Trial Detention Unit, nearly a dozen young men sat attentively and completely absorbed in the words …Continue Reading Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire
DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters posted on Feb 8
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) begins 2017 with the addition of 15 staff members dedicated to recruiting foster parents across the state. DCF created the foster care recruiter positions as part of the system-wide reform initiated in September 2015 by the Baker-Polito Administration …Continue Reading DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters