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
Building Careers, Building Lives: 2015 Annual Consumer Conference posted on Jun 19
“Building Careers, Building Lives” was this year’s theme for the 34th Annual Consumer Conference attended by more than 400 people this week. The conference was organized by three state commissions – Mass. Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Mass. Commission for the Blind (MCB), Mass. Commission for the …Continue Reading Building Careers, Building Lives: 2015 Annual Consumer Conference
Veterans – Get a Beautiful Smile for FREE! posted on Jun 15
On Saturday, June 27, Aspen Dental teams will be providing an opportunity for veterans to receive free dental care. This will be one of the largest single-day dental health initiatives for veterans ever. During the appointments, dental teams will be focusing on the most urgent …Continue Reading Veterans – Get a Beautiful Smile for FREE!
DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015 posted on Jun 5
3rd Annual Event A Huge Success! On May 27th, honored guests, youth, staff, and community stakeholders gathered to spotlight the positive successes and work of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) youth and programs at the hugely successful 3rd Annual DYS “Share Your Art, …Continue Reading DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015