As a result of mounting evidence from around the country that housing first is cost effective and decreases the incidence of chronic homelessness, the Massachusetts Legislature passed line-item 4406-3010 in the FY07 state budget to fund a statewide pilot housing first program for 130 chronically homeless individuals. The state allocated $600,000 to MHSA through the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to operate the program, known as Home and Healthy for Good (HHG). This resource is to be used to fund a portion of the service or housing components for program participants, with the expectation that federal or other state resources would be leveraged to finance additional needed service or facilities funds. (Author introduction)
Home and Healthy for Good: A statewide pilot housing first program
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