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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.

Transitional Housing

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

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.

Statewide Housing Advocacy Reintegration and Prevention (SHARP)SHARP1

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.

Home Loans

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.

Soldiers’ Homes

KeysMassachusetts 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.

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Department of Veteran Services, Gold Star Sibling

Deputy Communications Director, Office of Health and Human Services

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