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.
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.
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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
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
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think you may be interested in selling your house to us, visit our "House
for Sale?" page.
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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
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appreciation, Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation acknowledges financial
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
Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
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