The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance is a non-profit public policy advocacy organization with the singular mission of ending homelessness in the Commonwealth. Founded in 1988 by a dedicated group of “first responders” working with unsheltered adults in Greater Boston, MHSA initiates solutions to move people out of crisis to permanence throughout Massachusetts. In this video, Executive Director Joe Finn explains the Housing First Movement and this relatively new approach to ending homelessness is so effective. Housing First brings focuses on bringing housing to the front of the continuum of care rather than making housing the prize.
Click here to watch a short video in which Joe Finn explains MHSA’s Home & Healthy for Good program in more detail–a partnership with Dr. Jessie Gaeta. Click here to read a longer interview with Joe Finn about MHSA’s work and long-term solutions to homelessness.