EIN 22-3068653

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA)

IRS 501(c) type
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The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is public policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Massachusetts.
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Program areas at MHSA

Emergency Shelter and transitional programs - during fiscal year 2021 , the program provided, in partnership with community-based service organizations and landlords, 211 Shelter and transitional Housing beds each night. The programs provide clients with safe living accommodations, meals, transportation, case management, income-related referrals and public benefits access, referral services, Housing search and other services focused primarily on helping individuals to access permanent Housing. The program has some components that focus on specific subpopulations of homeless individuals, such as veterans, chronically homeless adults, women and individuals with varying degrees of disabilities. The program includes a state-historic Shelter contract, a safe haven grant that serves veterans and a grant from the attorney general's office used for the social determinant health program.
Rapid rehousing & prevention - mhsa assisted 204 households during fiscal year 2021 in gaining permanent Housing through rapid rehousing programs, which allows individuals and families to access start up, moving, utilities and short to medium-term shallow rent subsidy funds when entering into Housing. The organization has developed best practices from the implementation of these programs to be used on continued rapid rehousing initiatives moving forward. Mhsa also prevented 680 households from becoming homeless through the allocation of prevention funds to them. The program includes the emergency solutions grant, and rapid transition for homeless individuals, and rapid rehousing for families.
Permanent Housing and related services - fiscal year 2021, the program helped fund, in partnership with community-based service organizations and landlords, 1,621 units of permanent supportive Housing for formerly homeless individuals across the state. These services are delivered in every region of the state and are the programmatic basis for the organization's cost-benefit analysis and increasingly recognized outcome-focused data studies. The program includes home & healthy for good state, home & healthy for good boston, journey to success, post detox/pre-recovery, home front, north star Housing, rapid transition for homeless individuals, and permanent Housing & stabilization.
Advocacy, planning and technical assistance - provides a forum in the commonwealth of Massachusetts for the planning and coordination of policy, community and stakeholder education and communication of issues, and the piloting and implementation of Housing and services for homeless individuals. Programs and advocacy are designed to end the commonwealth's reliance on emergency services for homeless individuals. The organization conducts site visits and program reviews to share best practices, provide technical assistance, and strive to create a network of resources and collaborative service providers. The organization conducts advocacy and planning to ensure that the state reduces its reliance on emergency services and focuses its efforts on permanent Housing as a solution to homelessness.

Who funds Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Health Resources in ActionCommunity Health and Healthy Aging Funds$150,000
Liberty Mutual FoundationTransition-Aged Youth-Housing Stability Specialists$140,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$62,087
...and 13 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentEMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM$816,991
Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentSUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM$376,381
...and 5 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at MHSA

Joyce TavonChief Executive Officer
Joseph G FinnPresident and Executive Director$165,714
Thomas YottsDirector of Finance
Meg Calleja, CfreDirector of Development
Meg HoffmanDirector of Development / Board Member
...and 11 more key personnel

Financials for MHSA

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,337,769
Program services$17,069,793
Investment income and dividends$25,377
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$57,906
Net income from fundraising events$-34,816
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$18,456,029

Form 990s for MHSA

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-062023-05-15990View PDF
2020-062021-05-26990View PDF
2019-062020-10-14990View PDF
2018-062019-08-17990View PDF
2017-062018-09-12990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 20, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
May 10, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $29,000 from The Boston Foundation (TBF)
January 20, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 11 new personnel
July 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $35,000 from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation (EBCF)
April 27, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Human service organizationsHousing and shelter organizationsCharities
Human servicesHomelessness
LobbyingFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingTax deductible donations
General information
PO Box 8638
Boston, MA 02114
Metro area
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
Suffolk County, MA
Website URL
(617) 367-6447
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
P85: Homeless Persons Centers and Services
NAICS code, primary
62422: Community Housing Services
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