WORCESTER, Massachusetts
November 21, 2005:  Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation was recently awarded a grant of $75,000 from the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency.  The grant was awarded by MassHousing’s Center for Community Recovery Initiatives and will be used for the purchase of a sober house for women in the Lowell, Massachusetts area. MSHC has previously received grants from CCRI, with the most recent one being used to purchase Oxford House – Hooper Street, our sober house for male veterans.  CCRI has also provided a grant to support operating expenses for MSHC.  In the award letter, Thomas R. Gleason, Executive Director of MassHousing thanked MSHC for their “commitment to the goal of increasing affordable sober housing in Massachusetts.”  MSHC has begun meeting with members of the recovery community in Lowell in an effort to build an Advisory Council to ensure that Oxford House – Lowell will be a success.

Oxford House
Laval Street, Hyde Park

Once an advisory committee is in place, MSHC will begin looking for an appropriate property to convert to our second women’s Oxford House, with a goal of having that house occupied and operating by June 2006.

Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation opened its first Oxford House for Veterans on June 1, 2004.  Oxford House - Hooper Street will be home to ten men in recovery who have served in the Armed Forces.  This large single family house, which is only three years old, is fully furnished and a washer and dryer are provided.  Each resident's weekly share of house expenses is $115.


Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation is pleased to be working in partnership with the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans on the establishment of Oxford House-Hooper Street, Chelsea.


Check out photos and descriptions of all the houses, house rules and applications on the Our Houses page.

There are many facets to Oxford Houses and the residents who live in them.   To read a summary of DePaul University's research with Oxford Houses, click on the logo.

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The Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation (MSHC) is a non-profit corporation organized pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.   Our mission is to provide sober housing for individuals in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.  The housing model we utilize is Oxford House, which has been the most successful nationwide sober housing model and which is based on three simple principles: 

1.  The house must be self-run on a democratic basis. 

2.  The house must be financially self-supported.

3.  Any resident who drinks alcohol or uses drugs must be immediately expelled.

MSHC will be purchasing houses throughout Massachusetts so that men and women in recovery can live in comfortable, affordable houses in good neighborhoods and benefit from the peer support of others in recovery that is so important to maintaining sobriety.

If you are a recovering individual and would like to learn more about Oxford House, visit the Oxford House web site. For information about our houses and to apply for membership in a house, go to the "Our Houses" page.

If you are a property owner and think you may be interested in selling your house to us, visit our "House for Sale?" page.

If you would like to help us increase the availability of sober housing by making a donation of money, home furnishings, or your professional expertise, or by becoming a house sponsor, click on the button below:

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With grateful appreciation, Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation acknowledges financial assistance from:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
The CARLISLE Foundation of Framingham, MA
The Clipper Ship Foundation
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
The Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

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