Adrianne Cassidy, Advocates, Inc
Joe Finn, Mass Housing and Shelter Alliance
To promote decent, safe and affordable housing for clients of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, which will offer voluntary, flexible supports to foster recovery, and which are integrated into the broader community. This is accomplished through educational outreach to a wide range of stakeholders, along with research, planning and advocacy that leads to increased access to existing housing resources and securing new resources to meet the growing need.
Housing is acknowledged as a basic human right in many circles. For individuals eligible for DMH Services, it should be considered an essential component in the recovery process. Experience demonstrates that multiple factors influence a person’s recovery and well-being, some are less defined or understood than others; housing is one factor that is primary and undeniable.
The Housing Consumer Education Centers and the network of Regional Housing Agencies are critical partners in housing people with mental health conditions. As a group they manage both federal and state rental assistance and specifically the DMH Rental Subsidy Program. In addition they offer training and education to renters and landlords. You are encouraged to check out the local housing agency near you find out how they can be of assistance in finding and securing affordable housing.
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